HC Deb 08 February 1972 vol 830 cc1121-2
11. Mr. James Hamilton

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will consider introduc ing legislation to stop the sale of unpasteurised milk.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

My right hon. Friend is considering whether any measures would be desirable regarding the sale of such milk.

Mr. Hamilton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Secretary of State for Scotland has had this Question put to him and has given a similar reply? Is the hon. Gentleman aware, further, that, in their annual reports, medical officers of health have intimated that the sale of unpasteurised milk from the cow to the consumer carries tremendous risks and that the only way of avoiding those risks is by introducing legislation? Will not the Minister consider this matter seriously, in the interests of the health of the nation?

Mr. Stodart

Consideration is going on. I think that we shall improve matters by the brucellosis eradication programme. We are also introducing a compulsory colour code for milk bottle caps, to enable people to see what they are buying. Medical officers of health can ban the sale of milk or require heat treatment if they suspect that it is infected.