§ 12. Dame Edith Pitt
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is satisfied with the arrangements covering the import of frozen boneless meat; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peart
In general, my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health and I are satisfied with the present arrangements for the importation of meat. However, we think that some further improvements can be made, and we have accordingly issued proposals for revised imported food regulations, which will include these improvements.
§ 13. Dr. Wyndham Davies
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the arrangements for the inspection of abattoirs and canning plants where meat is prepared for import into this country.
§ Mr. Peart
Meat exported to this country must bear an official certificate recognised by H.M. Government as showing that proper standards of hygiene and inspection have been observed in the exporting country. The certificates of countries wishing to start exporting meat to us are recognised only after my professional officers have satisfied themselves as to the standards of hygiene in the producing establishments and the efficacy of the inspection and supervision by the responsible authority. Periodic visits are made by these officers to countries with an established trade to see that conditions remain satisfactory.