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Milk (Pasteurisation)

Volume 387: debated on Thursday 25 March 1943

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asked the Minister of Health whether a report by Professor G. S. Wilson on pasteurisation of milk was commissioned by the Minister directly or through the Medical Research Council; and what fee was paid for the preparation of the report?

Professor Wilson was asked in 1939 by my predecessor to undertake the collation and review of the existing evidence on the whole subject of pasteurisation and the safety of milk supplies. He was paid a small grant for expenses. Owing to the outbreak of war, publication of the report by the Department was deferred and in 1942, Professor Wilson was given permission to bring the report up to date and to arrange for its publication privately.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether, in view of overwhelming scientific opinion in favour of pasteurisation as a means of destroying pathogenic micro-organisms productive of many diseases in consumers, it is now intended that all milk for human consumption shall be pasteurised and by effective handling thereafter rendered safe for the nation?

I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply on 3rd March to the hon. Member for Southampton (Dr. Russell Thomas).