HC Deb 25 October 1973 vol 861 cc588-9W
Mr. Biffen

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list draft EEC regulations on cell counts in milk; what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Research in Dairying and the Central Veterinary Laboratory to assess the effect of these regulations on the control of mastitis; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

The draft Council regulation concerning the health and veterinary inspection requirements, which must be met by untreated whole milk as a raw material for the preparation of heat treated milk and its derivatives, contains provision for cell counts in milk. This draft is at present under consideration in a Council working party.

My Department has consulted the Central Veterinary Laboratory and the National Institute for Research in Dairying. We shall continue to keep in touch with these bodies.

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