§ 45. Mr. Darling
asked the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food what advice he has received from the Food Standards Committee on the practice of tenderising beef by injections prior to slaughter and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Soames
The Food Standards Committee has advised me that it can seen no hazard to human health from the consumption of meat tenderised by the pre-slaughter injection of papain. The Committee also considered the question as to whether its use on meat is deceptive to the consumer and has advised that provided meat so treated is labelled, the practice is unobjectionable.
I accept the Committee's advice and propose to provide accordingly when the labelling of Food Order is revised following the Committee's current review of labelling generally.