§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action he is proposing to take in respect of the lead-contaminated skimmed milk powder currently held in storage; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Curry
The butter and skimmed milk powder manufactured from milk withheld from sale in 1989 following the distribution of animal feedingstuffs contaminated by lead was tested by the Ministry. Restrictions on sale were removed after lead levels were found to be well below the limits laid down in the Lead in Food Regulations 1979 as amended. The subsequent disposal of these products was a matter for the milk marketing board, which owned them. I understand that all the product in question has been exported.