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Tuesday, 17 November 1959

Mr Swartz (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) z asked the acting Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, upon notice -

1.   What stage has been reached in the experiments with rindless cheese?

2.   Was plastic film, which has been favorably received in the United Kingdom, used for wrapping the trial shipments of this cheese?

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Health) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Experimental work has provided sufficient information on which to base confident recommendations for packaging procedures. Sufficient experimental shipments of rindless cheese have been made to show that Australia can produce top-quality rindless cheese. At the present time efforts are being made to increase the amount of rindless cheese being sent to the United Kingdom to provide experience for factories and to fully test the United Kingdom market. Shipments of rindless cheese being sent to the United Kingdom have commanded premiums ranging from 10s. to 20s. per cwt. A good deal of the extra cost involved in packaging in this form was due to the boxes used for this cheese. Alternative cheaper containers are under trial.

2.   Yes. Plastic film is being used for wrapping material in the experimental shipments to the United Kingdom.

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