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Food Poisoning

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 2 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Health what instructions he has issued to medical officers of health designed to combat outbreaks of food poisoning; and how many cases have been reported upon during the last convenient period.

I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of a revised memorandum on this subject, together with the accompanying circular, recently sent to local authorities. During the first quarter of this year notifications of food poisoning have been returned affecting 467 persons.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the standard of food hygiene in many restaurants, hotels, and catering establishments is extremely low; and is there not something which he can do, in collaboration with the Ministry of Food, to improve that situation?

It may be that my hon. Friend will first read the circular or memorandum before he comes to any further conclusion.