Cream (Preservatives)

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th February 1951.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin 12:00 am, 26th February 1951

asked the Minister of Food whether, in the interests of public health, the use of preservatives will be permitted in cream, the sale of which he has recently authorised.

Photo of Mr Maurice Webb Mr Maurice Webb , Bradford Central

No, Sir; since I cannot accept the suggestion that the use of preservatives in cream is, in fact, in the interests of public health.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin

Why not? Why does the right hon. Gentleman allow the use, for instance, of borax as a preservative in margarine and other food products? Why not for cream, too? Why is there this confusion and these variations of policy between the different sections of his Ministry?

Photo of Mr Maurice Webb Mr Maurice Webb , Bradford Central

Because circumstances vary. I myself would not, any more than the hon. Gentleman would, claim to be an expert in the science of this matter, but one takes advice from the most responsible people, and I am quite satisfied, on the advice that I have been given, that it would be wrong to do as the hon. Member suggests.