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Tuesday, 30 September 1958

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - Some time ago I think the honorable member for Darling Downs asked me a question about the experiment of sending Australian beef to the United Kingdom in 100 per cent, nitrogen. I am glad to be able to say that it has been highly successful. The beef was sent in steel containers. Each package was rather small, containing, I think, only eight hind-quarters. However, the meat arrived in first-class condition and the colour was perfect. It is thought that the experiment has been highly successful. Certain other tests will have to be carried out to prove the effectiveness of this method of carriage; however, it appears to offer distinct possibilities. Large-scale tests may subsequently be made for this purpose. The honorable member may rest assured that this experiment was a very promising beginning.

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