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Butter And Margarine Bill

Volume 180: debated on Friday 16 August 1907

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Lords' Amendments considered.

said that if Clause 2 had been inserted in the Bill when it came before this House it would have created a good deal of objection. It sought to give power to the Local Government Board to regulate the amount of preservative to be added to butter, margarine, and milk-blended butter. The Departmental Committee which considered this matter had before it a large number of witnesses, of whom a large number were medical officers for health, and they all strongly objected to the use of any preservatives in butter at all. They opposed the use of either boracic acid or formaline. The addition of formaline was a very serious thing, because it gave life to milk-blended butter, that it would not otherwise have. It was on these grounds that he moved to leave out the words "or for limiting the extent to which, either generally or as regards any particular substance or substances, preserva- tives may be used in the manufacture or preparation for sale of butter, margarine, or milk-blended butter."

Amendment not seconded.

Lords' Amendments agreed to.