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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 304

Senator LITTLE (VICTORIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry aware that a cheese factory in New South Wales was prevented by the Department of Health from manufacturing parmesan cheese, which is made from unpasteurised milk? As pasteurisation kills the bacteria necessary to curd this cheese, it follows that imported cheese could be equally dangerous to human health. Will the Minister inquire whether such cheese is imported into Australia and whether the countries from which the cheese comes have any incidence of foot and mouth disease? If the inquiry reveals that the product comes from infected areas, will the Commonwealth ban such imports in order to protect the health of the people and the future of the Australian dairy herds?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Air) - The question seeks a good deal of information which, as the honourable senator realises, I as Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry would not have with me. But I shall seek the information if the honourable senator places his question on notice.

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