HC Deb 15 December 1983 vol 50 cc580-1W
35. Mr. Chope

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps have been taken to restrict the import of Canadian wheat which has been, or may have been, subject to vomitoxin fungus.

Mr. Macgregor

None. Imported grain is subject to the general provisions of the Imported Food Regulations 1968 and the Food and Drugs Act 1955; grain sold as an animal feedingstuff is subject to the general provisions of the Agriculture Act 1970. These provisions prevent the importation or sale of food or sale of feedingstuffs which are unsound or unwholesome or otherwise unfit for consumption.

My Ministry is currently surveying wheat and other commodities to assess the extent of the presence of vomitoxin. The survey is likely to be completed in the new year.

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