§ Mr. D. Jones
asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that there is on sale in the shops an American product in tins, called "Olympian Silver Hake," and that purchasers find that it is not fit for human consumption; if he will take steps to prevent the sale of this product; and why it was allowed to be imported.
§ Mr. Strachey
No silver hake has been purchased by the Ministry of Food but some consignments were imported by private traders in the first half of 1947 under an open general licence which was granted in November, 1946. This licence was withdrawn in May, 1947, and since that date no further purchases have been made. If any of this fish is suspected of being unfit for human consumption, the matter should of course be reported to the local public health authority.