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Flour (Designations)

Volume 415: debated on Wednesday 31 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Food if, as the description of wholemeal has become meaningless, he will devise and enforce an official designation for flour of 100 per cent. extraction to replace this term.

During the course of years the terms "whole wheatmeal," "wholemeal" and "wheatmeal" have acquired different meanings in various parts of the country. The need for some regulation of the use of these terms was recognised by my Department, and in July last instructions were issued to all flour millers that the term "whole wheatmeal" should only be applied to meal of 100 per cent. extraction, the term "wholemeal" to meal of 95 per cent. extraction and over, and the term "wheatmeal" to meal of over 85 per cent. extraction. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the instruction which was issued.