HC Deb 25 June 1951 vol 489 c96W
15. Mr. P. Freeman

asked the Minister of Food what number and proportion of each classification of animals were condemned, either wholly or in part, as unfit for human consumption in 1950 by sanitary inspectors because of tuberculosis, some other form of disease or any other reason.

Mr. Webb

The figures for carcasses wholly condemned during 1950 are as follows:

Number of Percentage of carcasses wholly number of condemned Percentage of number of animals slaughtered
Cattle 48,340 2.09
Calves 22,481 1.67
Sheep and lambs 25,200 0.36
Pigs 16,464 0.52

Records are not maintained of the numbers of carcasses of which parts only are condemned, but the percentages of the weight of meat condemned, including the weight of parts of carcasses condemned. to the total weight of meat produced on slaughter during this period are as follows:

Cattle 1.95 per cent.
Calves 1.35 per cent.
Sheep and lambs 0.33 per cent.
Pigs (a) 0.53 per cent.
(a) Does not include condemnations of individual cuts of otherwise sound pigs slaughtered at bacon factories, records of which are not maintained.

A summary of the reasons for condemnation is not available and could not be prepared without a considerable amount of work.

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