HC Deb 15 December 1958 vol 597 c150W
Mr. Holt

asked the Minister of Health what action he has taken on representations made to him by the Bolton Corporation to tighten up the inspection arrangements at the ports in order to reduce to a minimum the amount of contaminated imported foodstuffs reaching the consumer.

Mr. R. Thompson

The Medical Committee of the Association of Port Health Authorities has been asked to remind the members of the need to look for this type of contamination when examining imported food, but it must be borne in mind that infestation and contamination by insects and rodents often occurs during storage and transport of imported food after clearance at the port.

92. Mr. Holt

asked the Minister of Health what proportion of port health authorities are engaged in systematic investigation by microscopic analyses of imported foodstuffs for insect and rodent contamination.

Mr. R. Thompson

I regret that statistical information about particular types of examination is not available. It is the responsibility of the authority to decide what type of analysis is appropriate to the circumstances.