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Lead In Milk

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the arrangements in his Department for dealing with lead contamination in milk.

My overriding concern has been to protect the consumer. I therefore required the milk from affected farms to be segregated and converted into butter and powder. An intensive sampling/testing programme was introduced and the restrictions were not lifted until we were satisfied that there was no longer any danger to public health.