HC Deb 11 July 1917 vol 95 cc1929-30W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food if he will, take the necessary steps to issue an Order in the interest of the general public health, as well as that of our naval and military forces, making it compulsory for all bakers to exhibit in their shop windows or other equally suitable positions a boldly written and clearly legible statement of the precise nature, as well as the quantity per pound or other measure, of all substitutes which they mix from day to day with the wheaten flour used by them in the loaves they sell as bread?


The suggestion is, I fear, impracticable, as the process of admixture is complete before the flour reaches the baker.

Major HUNT

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of the unpalatable and unwholesome bread now being made by some bakers, he can see his way to lay down definitely the amount of wheat flour to be used with the various other ingredients, so that bakers could not use more than a certain percentage of maize meal or other ingredients mixed with wheat meal?


It is impossible, owing to difficulties of transport, to obtain regular distribution throughout the country of the various grains used for purposes of admixture. It is, therefore, necessary to allow the millers in different centres a certain discretion in the use of such substitutes as are supplied to them from time to time.

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