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Tuberculosis Organisms In Milk And Cheese

Volume 597: debated on Tuesday 9 February 1999

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether it is possible to detect tuberculosis organisms in milk and cheese. [HL650]

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
(Lord Donoughue)

Yes. There are procedures to detect Mycobacterium bovis in milk and cheese. However, the nature of microbiological testing is that it cannot give complete assurance of food safety.