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Meat (Quality)

Volume 20: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take steps to introduce methods to test the quality of meat which is now being made available to the public through shops, restaurants and school canteens where instances of debased meat, containing excessive water, cereal, rind and bone protein, are on the increase; and whether he envisages an expansion of inspector services to make enforcement of the law more effective.

Proposals for revised meat product regulations were issued for comment in July and September 1981. Consultations are proceeding with a view to bringing revised regulations before Parliament by the Summer Recess. Enforcement of food quality regulations, the analysis of foodstuffs and the employment of inspectors are the responsibility of local authorities.