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Wednesday, 24 September 1958

Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice -

1.   Has the production of margarine always been restricted in this country?

2.   If so, what are the details, showing any changes in production limits and the date on which they were made?

3.   What are the established and recognized differences in the food values of butter and margarine?

Mr McMahon - The following are the answers to the honorable member's questions: -

1.   No. South Australia, in 1939, was the first State to introduce legislation to restrict the production of margarine. Restrictions on production from that time onwards have applied only to table margarine.

2.   At a meeting of the Australian Agricultural Council in 1940 all State governments decided to restrict the production of table margarine in their respective States. The total quantity decided upon as the maximum production for the whole of Australia was 3,796 tons. This quantity has been altered from time to time. Different States have adjusted their quotas on different dates and the approximate dates on which the changes have been made are -


3.   The composition of margarine varies with the different manufacturers and with the different types i.e., cooking or table so I do not propose to generalize as to the nutritional value of margarine.

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