§ Mr. ADAMS
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, owing to the Milk (Special Designations) Order, 1923, modifying previous orders regarding pasteurisation, it is possible for milk to be sold to the public after having been subjected to repeated heating processes, thus having the major portion of its nutritive value destroyed; and whether he will take the necessary steps to ensure that such reheated milk shall not be retailed to the public or, if so retailed, its exact nature shall be indicated?
The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. It is expressly provided in the Milk (Special Designations) Order, 1923, that the milk sold as "pasteurised" milk shall not be heated more than once. As regards the second part of the question, I am advised that the danger arising to public health from the sale of reheated milk is not such as to justify the issue of special regulations which in present circumstances might result in restricting the supply of milk.