Newton Wesley Rowell (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)
This is a revision and consolidation of the present Act relating to the adulteration of food and of the various amending Acts of the past ten years. One of the principal differences between the present Bill and the Acts already on the statute book is the distinction now sought to be drawn between the adulteration of food and misbranding which is not very clear in the present Act, the new Bill excludes fertilizers and cattle feeds. At present we have an Act respecting commercial feedings stuffs which deals with cattle feeds, but we also have certain provisions in the Adulteration Act relating to the same matter. These are eliminated from the Food and Drugs Bill and will be included in the new Commercial Feeding Stuffs Bill. The present Act contains certain special provisions relating to honey and maple syrup which gives a monopoly in the use of these words; these are eliminated from the present Bill and will be dealt with separately. This Bill also includes quite a number of changes in detail, the result of the experience gained in the administration of the law during the last twenty yeaTS. These will be explained when the Bill is in committee.
Motion agreed to and Bill read the first time.