HC Deb 11 September 1942 vol 383 cc551-2W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, inasmuch as refrigeration is too expensive a process to be generally accessible, he will consider the desirability of issuing directions to the public for the use of a simple and easily obtainable chemical treatment of uncooked food such as meat and fish in order to avoid putrefaction and consequent waste?

Mr. Mabane

My Noble Friend does not consider it desirable to issue directions to the public as to the methods of preserving uncooked food by chemical treatment. The use of chemical preservatives, apart from the usual well-known domestic methods such as salting and pickling, may constitute a danger to public health in view of the relatively high concentrations required if they are to be effective.