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Thursday, 15 November 1973
Page: 1826


Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct to the Minister representing the Minister for Health a question which relates to the exploitation of housewives in the Australian Capital Territory. Is he aware that eggs are being offered for sale in the Australian Capital Territory in dirty, second-hand cartons? Is he aware also that some of the eggs in these cartons are dirty, are underweight and contain blood spots? Will the Minister have an investigation made of whether the marketing of eggs in this condition is a breach of health regulations and an infringement of the registered trade mark of the New South Wales Egg Marketing Board? To verify my question I display to honourable senators a dirty, filthy carton which my wife received yesterday with eggs in it. As a former commercial egg producer, let me say that I was unfortunate enough to have one of the eggs out of this carton on my plate this morning and it had one big blood spot in it.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -As one who has been in hospital recently and has been put on a diet which involves the nonconsumption of eggs, I am not aware of the matters raised by the honourable senator. However, I will refer his question to my colleagues, the Minister for Health and the Minister for the Capital

Territory, to ascertain what the position is and what action, if any, has to be taken by them.







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