HC Deb 28 July 1965 vol 717 cc134-5W
Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to what extent the Government's Advisory Committee on pesticides and other toxic chemicals receive and analyse samples of food most likely to contain traces of poisonous chemicals; and how many such samples had been analysed by the Committee to the latest convenient date.

Mr. Hoy

The Scientific Sub-Committee of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides and Other Toxic Chemicals assisted by its Panel on Pesticide Residues in Foodstuffs has, since the beginning of 1962, arranged the analysis in Government laboratories of samples of the following:

  • Potatoes.
  • Carrots.
  • Strawberries.
  • Mutton fat: home produced and imported.
  • Beef fat: home produced and imported.
  • Butter: home produced and imported.
  • Corned beef.
  • Imported apples.
  • Milk
  • Wheat.
  • Pheasant.

Between the beginning of 1962 and 15th July, 1965, over 1,500 samples have been analysed.