HC Deb 31 July 1963 vol 682 cc95-6W
108. Mrs. Butler

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the operation of the testing scheme for antibiotics in milk; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

The testing by dairies of incoming milk for antibiotics is as yet only in its initial stages. We expect it to be extended as rapidly as the facilities available and the need to train laboratory staff in the techniques of testing permit. Meanwhile, I understand from the Milk Marketing Board that a number of milk producers have already been warned that their milk supplies have been found to contain antibiotics and that this is not in accordance with the warranty in their contract that the milk should be pure.