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Dairy Herds (Prohibition Order)

Volume 100: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1986

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many dairy herds are located in the areas of Cumbria and Wales covered by the prohibition order affecting sheep referred to in his statement of 20 June; what information is available to him about the nature and level of contamination of milk produced by those herds during May; and if he will list the information he has as to the creameries and dairies to which the milk from those areas was delivered during May.

Approximately 554 and 908 dairy herds are located respectively in the areas of Cumbria and north Wales designated under the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) Order 1986. The data published by my Department on 20 June, a copy of which is in the Library of the House, contains the results from individual farms, creameries and dairies since the beginning of May. These show that the levels of both radioiodine and radiocaesium in cows milk and dairy products have always been well below those at which any precautionary action would need to be considered.