Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
Report for the year ended 31st December 1912 of the Medical Officer of Health for the Port of London
|Figs— 168 bags, 10 cases, 186 taps||5||7||2||20|
|Currants— 2 boxes||0||0||2||24|
|Dates— 372 bags, 1,355 boxes, 826 cases, 200 mats||111||11||3||12|
|Peaches— 246 bags||17||12||2||25|
|Prunes— 5 boxes||0||0||2||27|
|Raisins— 15 boxes||0||2||2||17|
|Total weight||134 tons||16 cwts||1 qr.||13 lbs|
TINNED AND BOTTLED FRUITS.
43 tons 10 cwts. 0 qrs. 1 lb. of tinned and bottled fruits were seized and destroyed.
On the 24th October, 22 cases of tinned cherries (weighing about 33 cwts.), lying
at Millwall Dock, ex s.s. "Afghanistan," from Leghorn, were seized by one of your
Officers, as the tins were badly blown.
The consignees were communicated with and given an opportunity of sorting the
goods, with a view to saving any that might be found fit for human food. They,
however, contended that the goods were sound and wholesome, and expressed their
readiness to take delivery of the goods. At their request permission was given them to
draw samples of the goods for analysis.
The consignees admitted the goods were fermented and not merchantable, yet they
insisted that they were not unwholesome, and that they could be treated and used for
confectionery purposes, cake making, &c.
The consignees declined to consent to the destruction of the goods, and they were
taken before a Magistrate at the Thames Police Court and an order of condemnation
In evidence the owners admitted that the cherries were fermented and unsound, but
argued that they could be treated in such a way as would render them " merchantable."
The magistrate, after hearing the evidence and inspecting the cherries, agreed that
they were unsound and unfit for human food; he condemned them and ordered them
to be destroyed.
Fresh . These consisted of 2,619 bags and 7½ cwts. of loose onions, total weight being 106 tons 6 cwts. 2 qrs. 0 lbs.
|Cauliflower— 1 cask||0||2||0||0|
|Gherkins— 40 tins||1||0||0||0|
|Onions— 58 tins||0||1||0||4|
|Parsnips— 162 tins||0||2||3||16|
|Turnips— 27 tins||0||0||1||26|
|Sundries— 24 tins||0||0||2||0|
|Total||1 ton||6 cwts||3 qrs.||18 lbs.|
PRESERVED (Jam and Marmalade).
Three casks and one case of jam, weighing 12 cwts. 1 qr. 21 lbs.
No unsound marmalade came under the notice of your Inspectors.