HC Deb 16 April 1981 vol 3 cc247-8W
Mr. Aspinwall

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to prevent the import of Meysan oranges and grapefruit from Turkish Cyprus which are contaminated by lead and tin causing serious symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pains; if he will make a statement.

Sir George Young

The recently reported cases of illness have, so far as I am aware, been associated only with certain fruit juices canned in 1978 or earlier and imported to this country some time ago. Action is being taken by the present importer of Meysan products, Cypfruvex UK Ltd, to recover any remaining unused stocks. I am informed that a better quality can is now in use and I have no reason to believe that the defects in earlier production are present in stocks of this brand currently being imported.