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PRESS RELEASE AUTHORISED BY DR. THE HON. D.A. CAMERON, O.B.E., M.P., COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH

INFECTED COCONUT

The National Health and Medical Research Council,

which met in Canberra on Thursday and Friday, has recommended that

imports of desiccated coconut should be permitted only when there is

satisfactory evidence that it has been manufactured under hygienic

conditions.

The Council was told that in several States great

difficulty had been encountered in deciding whether cargoes of

coconut were free from harmful organisms. Dysentery infection had

been discovered in a number of samples taken and many consignments

had been destroyed, in consequence. However there could be no

certainty that harmful organisms in other consignments had not

escaped notice.

The Council recommended also that the Commonwealth

Department of Health should investigate the practicability of using

ethylene oxide gas as an effective means to disinfect suspect

cargoes reaching Australian ports.

The meeting was told that fully effective means

of manufacturing under hygienic conditions had been developed in

New Guinea, with steam sterilisation.

1st November, I960.