HC Deb 01 June 1916 vol 82 c2945W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the sale of flour bleached by chemical process is forbidden within the United States; whether the sale of such flour is still permitted in the United Kingdom; whether any such flour is imported from the United States; and, if so, will he state the quantity imported from that source during the last recorded year?


There is no law specifically prohibiting the sale in the United Kingdom of flour bleached by artificial means, but I understand that a decree pronouncing flour so treated to be adulterated has been made in the United States. The sale in this country of flour or of other food materials is subject to the control provided by Sections 3 and 6 of the Sale of Food and Drugs Act, 1875. The laws of the United States would not prohibit the export of bleached flour to this country, and there is no information as to what proportion of the flour coming to the United Kingdom from the United States is artificially bleached.