July 19, 1946

PC

Clayton Wesley Hodgson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HODGSON:

The minister has said that he has had no representations from anyone. I have one that I should like to give him.

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Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. CLAXTON:

Is that about this bill, or bill 55?

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Clayton Wesley Hodgson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HODGSON:

It is with reference to both.

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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. CLAXTON:

This bill, too?

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Clayton Wesley Hodgson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HODGSON:

Yes, this bill, too. Has not the minister received a letter about bill 55?

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Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. CLAXTON:

I never had one about this bill from anyone, except the one I mentioned before.

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Clayton Wesley Hodgson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HODGSON:

There are references to the legality of it, and so on, in the letter.

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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. CLAXTON:

That is the point put forward by the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, of which no doubt your correspondent was a member, and which I believe has been met by the amendment I have put before the committee.

Food and Drugs Act

361*

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Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

Does the present amendment meet the wishes of the Canadian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association?

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Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. CLAXTON:

Yes, it is my understanding. It was made in consequence of their representations.

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Amendment agreed to. Section as amended agreed to. On section 2.


PC

Douglas King Hazen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HAZEN:

Why is the word "disgusting" used in this section? It seems to me that in using this word a great deal is left to the personal opinion of some individual. What is "disgusting" surely should not be left to the taste or fancy of an individual.

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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. CLAXTON:

It is just because we do not want to leave it to anyone's taste that we put it in there.

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Douglas King Hazen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HAZEN:

I suggest there should be a definition of the word.

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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. CLAXTON:

I believe I can satisfy the hon. member by telling the house about a case which was one of several which led to our asking for this amendment. Last year we received an application for the entry into Canada of a large shipment of peanuts. At the time we would have liked to receive the shipment so as to turn the peanuts into peanut oil; we were short of oils and fats. We found however that the entry of this shipment of peanuts into the United States had been refused on the ground that in the peanuts was a large quantity of rat hairs and rat droppings. It was possible that through hydrogenation an oil which was chemically pure could be produced. We felt, however, and I think every hon. member would feel, that if the public knew they were eating oil cake or other foods made from oil which originally contained a large proportion of rat droppings, they would consider that "disgusting". A condition of that kind might not come under the words "filthy", or "putrid" or "rotten" or "decomposed" or "diseased". I believe, therefore, that we have made out a case for the use of the word "disgusting".

This was not the only case. There was a shipment of orange peel, and other shipments of foods from other countries. It became quite a stunt with shipments refused entry into the United States to try to get entry into Canada, perhaps after some process in the intermediate stage. We certainly do not mean to make our country a receiving centre for food which is found improper for human consumption in any other country. Our standards will be as high as those found anywhere else.

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Douglas King Hazen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HAZEN:

Is the word "disgusting" in the United States Act? It seems to me an inappropriate word.

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Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. CLAXTON:

No, it is not in the United States Act. This section is offered to meet cases along the lines of those I have described; and it was felt that to remove any possible doubt we should use this "disgusting" word.

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Grote Stirling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. STIRLING:

Under what wording in the United States were rat droppings fefused entry?

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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. CLAXTON:

They have a wide general power in their act which we do not have, through the use of the words, "or is otherwise unfit for food." We are seeking that protection too. But in view of our particular experiences and the representations made to us by representatives of importers who asserted that these conditions would not fall under any of the other words, we felt that we should have this express power.

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Grote Stirling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. STIRLING:

Would "free from impurities" be a proper expression?

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July 19, 1946