HC Deb 29 April 1930 vol 238 cc53-4W

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that 541 carcases of mutton from the Patea district of New Zealand were recently examined at a Wapping cold store for caseous lymphadenitis and 27 carcases condemned; that 40 bags of legs of mutton were recently examined at the Port of London refrigerator, Charterhouse Street, and out of 400 legs 31 were found to be badly affected with the disease and condemned; and that the 27 sheep from Patea, New Zealand, had each attached to the leg a certificate of a veterinary inspector of the New Zealand Government to the effect that they had been examined and found sound; and if he will approach the High Commissioner of New Zealand with regard to the matter and issue instructions that in future a thorough examination must be made of all legs and shoulders imported in bags at all centres where such bags are landed?


My right hon. Friend has made inquiries and is informed that the facts are substantially as stated in the question. He is bringing the matter to the notice of the Governments of the exporting countries. It is recognised by the local authorities concerned that severed parts of carcases require special attention, and on the information before him my right hon. Friend does not think it is necessary to take the course suggested in the last part of the question.