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Sweets (Arsenic)

Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 4 November 1930

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asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been called to the disquietude caused to the public mind by the discovery of arsenic contained in sweets sold in the borough of Congleton and the Potteries area; and the steps he is taking to prevent the possibility of a repetition of excessive arsenic being sold in this way?

My right hon. Friend's attention has been called to this matter, and he understands that the town council of Stoke-on-Trent have decided to take legal proceedings against the persons believed to be responsible. My right hon. Friend proposes to await the result of those proceedings before considering whether it is necessary to strengthen the law in any way in order to prevent the repetition of such an occurrence.