HC Deb 07 May 1924 vol 173 cc458-9W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a large part of the milk sold as raw milk in our large cities has been pasteurised or otherwise, treated by heat; and whether he is prepared to take steps to ensure that purchasers may know whether their milk has been so treated?


Yes, Sir; and, while I am doubtful whether it will prove practicable to take effective steps in the direction suggested, I will consider the hon. Member's proposal. I am hopeful that the provisions of the Milk (Special Designations) Order, 1923, as to the use of the term "pasteurised" may contribute to the enlightenment of consumers and lead to the disuse of unapproved processes.


asked the Minister of Health if he can give a list of the countries which, for the protection of public health, forbid the importation of machine-skimmed condensed milk; and whether his Department has considered the desirability of dealing with the matter in this country?


The information at my disposal does not enable me to supply the list for which the hon. Member asks. In reply to the second part of the ques- tion, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I recently gave to the hon. and gallant Member for the Maidstone Division (Commander Bellairs).