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Milk Powder

Volume 131: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1988

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has any evidence that milk powder from the United Kingdom or European Community exported to Malaysia and the Philipines after April 1986 was subsequently rejected by those countries due to radioactive contamination; and if he will make a statement.

These countries have established extremely strict maximum permitted levels of radiocaesium in milk products and have rejected a small number of consignments of milk powder from EC countries (including the United Kingdom) on the grounds that these very low levels have been exceeded.I must reiterate that in the light of the rigorous monitoring we have undertaken post-Chernobyl the United Kingdom Government are fully satisfied of the safety of all foodstuffs both on the domestic market and exported.