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Condemned Mutton, Islington

Volume 477: debated on Wednesday 19 July 1950

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56.

asked the Minister of Food if he has now received a report on the large quantity of sheep slaughtered at the Metropolitan Cattle Market, Islington, which had to be condemned on 3rd June.

Yes. After a careful study of this report, I am satisfied that the loss was due to circumstances that could not have been foreseen and that, in slaughtering these sheep on Saturday, 3rd June, without having refrigerated space available to hold them, my officers were only taking risks that were frequently taken by private traders before the war. I am also satisfied that when the temperature jumped unexpectedly from 63° to over 80°, with an increase in humidity, my officers took every possible step to minimise the loss.