HC Deb 17 November 1938 vol 341 cc1079-81W
Captain Ramsay

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in the case of imported boneless meat reliable tests for the detection of tubercle and other defects, depending upon examination of the internal organs, are impossible; whether he is further aware that much of such meat is unfit for human consumption according to British standards; and will he take steps to have this matter

otherwise; when it was appointed; and whether it consists of or includes representatives of interests concerned?

Mr. Elliot

The following is a list of committees connected with my Department which are now in being. All of these either consist of, or include, representatives of interests concerned.

examined with a view to keeping any such unhealthy food out of the British markets?

Mr. Elliot

All boneless meat imported into this country must bear a certificate of proper inspection of the whole carcase on slaughter and of its fitness for human consumption. A standard of inspection equal to that in operation in this country has been required of all exporting countries. The meat is also inspected at the ports of entry.

The reply to the second part of the question is in the negative and the latter part does not, therefore, arise.