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Lead-Contaminated Feed

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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5.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what tests are available to ensure that meat from cattle whose feed has been contaminated by lead is safe for human consumption.

Every animal going to slaughter which has eaten contaminated feed is tested and consumers can be fully assured that the meat will not enter the food chain unless it is safe for it to do so.

18.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the current position regarding the lead-contaminated feed problem; and if he will make a statement.

We have lifted restrictions from all 1,162 farms subject to milk controls and the orderly disposal of contaminated feed is proceeding as planned. Schemes are in operation to enable livestock to be removed from restricted farms as soon as that can be done without compromising the safety of the food chain.

60.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what co-operation he received from the Dutch in dealing with the lead contamination of cattle feed.

The Dutch authorities alerted my officials on 1 November that a consignment of contaminated feed had been imported into the United Kingdom. Subsequently there was close liaison between Dutch officials and United Kingdom embassy staff in the Hague and between officials in London in our efforts to clarify the events leading to the contamination. A more detailed account will become available once the Dutch court case on this matter is concluded.