HC Deb 31 January 1964 vol 688 c102W
Mr. Wigg

asked the Lord President of the Council and Minister for Science what research has been carried out by the Medical Research Council into the consumption of instant coffee as a cause of cancer; with what result; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Hogg

None. A recent Press report asserted that exhaustive research by the Medical Research Council had revealed that some brands of instant coffee contain an additive capable of causing cancer, and that a report on the subject was being prepared by the Council for the Government. I am informed that no such report is being prepared, and that widespread inquiries amongst the Council's scientific staff have failed to reveal any studies indicating the presence of a cancer-inducing additive in instant coffee.

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