HC Deb 27 April 1964 vol 694 cc8-9W
57. Mr. Popplewell

asked the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food if he is aware that a pork sausage, recently purchased in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was found on analysis to contain only 46.9 per cent. of meat content; and what action he is taking to establish a minimum standard of meat content in both pork and beef sausages.

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

My right hon. Friend is aware of the facts stated. There is difficulty in devising a fully satisfactory set of statutory standards. The meat contents which applied during the control period have been accepted as good manufacturing practice and have been the basis of successful prosecutions under Section 2 of the Food and Drugs Act, 1955, by some food and drugs authorities. My right hon. friend therefore does not propose to lay down standards.