HC Deb 11 February 1980 vol 978 cc472-3W
Mr. Woolmer

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the attitude of his Department to the conclusions of the article in the British Medical Journal,5 May 1979, a copy of which has been supplied to him concerning two outbreaks of enteritis that occurred in the North of England in 1978, that thermophilic campylobacter sp is an occasional contaminant of milk and that so long as unpasteurised milk continues to be distributed, further outbreaks will probably occur.

Mr. Peter Walker

I am aware that certain diseases, including campylobacter enteritis, can be contracted from consuming untreated milk. This is one of the factors which my right hon. Friends and I are taking into account in our current consideration of untreated milk policy.