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Dried Fruit

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 14 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Food what steps he is taking to remedy the complaints of bakers about the dirt and extraneous material found by them in the dried fruit imported by his Department.

Dried fruit on arrival in the United Kingdom is inspected by a committee of trade experts who grade the various parcels according to their suitability for different requirements. In addition, representatives are sent to countries where large-scale purchases are made to inspect the fruit before shipment and to instruct packers in the standards required by this country. The presence of extraneous matter in imported dried fruit is largely due to the difficulties experienced by nearly all producing countries in obtaining harvesting materials, replacements of worn out machinery and suitable containers, and we are giving them all the assistance we can