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White Fish Authority (Quick Freezing Experiment)

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 28 October 1954

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asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made by the White Fish Authority in respect to the preparation, freezing, packing, storage, transport and handling of quick-frozen fish.

The authority is well advanced with the preparatory work for its commercial experiment in the quick-freezing at sea of distant-water fish, which is being grant-aided by my Department. The authority has drawn up a code of practice on the preparation, packing, storage, transport and handling of quick-frozen fish and have appointed trained inspectors at the main ports who are studying the working of the code in co-operation with the quick-freezers.

From the experience that has been obtained so far, is the Minister optimistic about the success of this experiment?

These are very early days yet. This experimental ship has not yet gone to sea, and it would be premature to express an opinion for another 12 months or so.