§ Mr. Speller
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on what grounds he intends to stop the supply of unpasteurised milk direct from farm to consumer; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Donald Thompson
My proposal reflects the fact that consumption of untreated milk poses a health threat since, even in the best run herds, clinical infections can be present in the milk even though no symptoms are shown by the cows. Effective heat treatment is the only way to minimise the risk of transmitting milk-borne diseases such as salmonellosis and cympylobacter infections to the consumer.