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Tuesday, 10 May 1960

Mr Swartz z asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice -

1.   Is a food-preserving substance known as Nisin being produced in the United Kingdom?

2.   If so, has it been proved successful in use, and would it be suitable for use under conditions in Australia?

Mr Adermann (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Primary Industry) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are -

1.   Nisin is being produced in the United Kingdom.

2.   I am advised by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization that there is strong evidence that Nisin would be useful and practicable for the processing of cheese and canned fruits products including tomato products when the pH of the product is below 4.5. It may also be useful in some other instances but matters of public interest may be involved.

Although the United Kingdom Pood Standards Committee stated in its Report on Preservatives that its use in certain products such as cheese and the more acid canned foods could be advantageous, the addition of Nisin to foodstuffs sold in the United Kingdom is not yet authorized by law. As far as can be ascertained no other country permits its use at present.

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