§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the risk to consumers of using microwave for primary heating of food products if the manufacturer's instructions are followed.
§ Mr. Maclean
My Department's primary concern has been with the performance of microwave ovens in reheating already cooked food. As far as cooking from raw is concerned, the Ministry has not undertaken an assessment of oven performance compared with manufacturers' instructions but users can apply exactly the same tests to ensure that food is fully cooked as they do when using other means of cooking.