§ 18. Mr. Iain Mills
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if the Meat (Sterilisation and Staining) Regulations 1982 are having the intended effect of preventing the illicit trade in unfit meat.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
The regulations came into operation on 1 November and it is too early to assess what affect they are having. I believe, that with effective enforcement by local authorities and vigilance by meat companies the new regulations should provide a sound basis for the prevention of illegal trade.