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Orders of the Day — MILK AND DAIRIES (AMENDMENT) BILL [Lords.]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 19th July 1922.

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Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

The point that the hon Member has raised is rather a Committee point. I should have thought it would have been quite clear that an innocent party will not suffer, but if that is not clear I will certainly consider the matter between now and the Committee stage. If the House will allow me I should now like to reply to some of the points which have been raised in the discussion. The hon. Member for Kettering (Mr. Waterson) referred at some length to the question of pasteurisation, but I do not propose to deal with that question this evening. It will come up when the Orders have to be made, and the various point3 that the hon. Member has raised will receive the fullest consideration. I cannot admit that the only question in regard to pasteurisation is that of the bacteria in the milk. The main question is whether any damage is done to the milk. One process may retain the vitamines and those bacteria which protect us, while another process may destroy them. I am not giving any opinion on the subject, which is a highly technical one, but I must safeguard myself by saying that I must look at it from that point of view. If an Order is made under which milk can be described as pasteurised, the process described as pasteurisation must be a definite process, and one which we must be assured, on expert authority, does not in any way damage the milk. It docs not follow that persons adopting other processes of sterilization, some of which I think are harmful, will not be able to sell their product as sterilized milk, but it certainly should not be sold as pasteurised in our sense.