Sausages (Meat Content)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1953.

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Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford 12:00 am, 14th December 1953

asked the Minister of Food what protection his Regulations afford to the public in ensuring a reason able meat content in sausages

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

Apart from the general requirements of the Food and Drugs Act, 1938, there have been no legal requirements as to meat content since the decontrol of sausages last March. The evidence so far available is that competition is securing production of the kind of sausage the public want at prices they are ready to pay.

Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford

Is not the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that whereas, under the Defence Regulations, pork sausages were required to have a 65 per cent. meat content and beef sausages 50 per cent., pork sausages have been found recently with as low as 50 per cent. and beef with 40 per cent.? Will he not ensure that there is a better meat content, or see that the housewife pays less for bread with a meaty flavour?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

The housewife has a choice of sources from which she can get the sausages she wants.

Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford

She cannot tell without an analyst.

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Newcastle upon Tyne North

I have had sample tests taken in various parts of the country and in London, which is probably the place in which the hon. Member is most interested. The tests showed that pork sausages had a 75 per cent. meat content.

Photo of Mr Tufton Beamish Mr Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Is it not a fact that the quality of sausages has improved enormously in the last two years? Am I not right in thinking that most housewives prefer to buy their sausages without having their hands held, even by my right hon. and gallant Friend?