§ Mr. Brotherton
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many people have been taken ill in the last five years as a result of the present method of slaughtering poultry.
§ Mr. Strang
It is impossible to say. Many cases of food poisoning are not reported at all and, of those that are, only a minority are traced to particular foods. During the period 1969–72, poultry meat accounted for 33 per cent. of all food poisoning outbreaks traced to particular foods. The corresponding figure for 1973–75 was 35 per cent.