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Fruit Drinks (Metal Pourers)

Volume 827: debated on Monday 6 December 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will conduct research into the effects of fruit juices or squashes upon metal pourers as used in caf├ęs, so as to determine whether the use of such pourers produces effects harmful to health.

I do not consider further research into this matter is necessary. My Department is already aware of the hazards of metallic contamination of fruit drinks from the use of certain kinds of metal pourers and the attention of those concerned with public health and the industry has been drawn to this hazard. Local authorities have full powers under the Food Hygiene Regulations to require a trader to use containers which are of materials that prevent so far as is reasonably practicable any risk of contamination of food and drink.