HC Deb 19 July 1944 vol 402 cc197-8W
Sir Smedley Crooke

asked the Minister of Food if his attention has been drawn to the serious waste of human food, as disclosed at a recent meeting of the Birmingham City Council, when it was reported that nearly 1,000 tons of food was condemned as unfit within 12 months; that of this 597 tons consisted of meat which had to be destroyed because it was tubercular; that frequent representations had been made to the Ministry with no result; and what steps he proposes to take to prevent such waste in the future.

Colonel Llewellin

I have no reason to think that food is condemned which could be saved for human consumption. So far as tubercular meat is concerned, the loss occurs through the incidence of disease for which my Department is in no way responsible.