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Finsbury 1937

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Finsbury Borough]

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Of the 11 samples over standard, three contained less than
200,000 bacteria per m.l.
It will be seen that all the samples except 11 complied with
the requisite standard. Five samples, however, showed the
presence of B. Coli in 1/10 c.c. Five samples in 1/100 c.c. and
four in 1/1000 c.c. In each case of non-compliance with
standard a warning letter was sent to the supplier.
Meat and Other Foods.
The work of meat inspection continues to be carried out by
Mr. Penman, who is assisted generally by Mr. Barber.
Meat Inspector's Office.—The Meat Inspector's Office was
removed to No. 28, Cowcross Street, last year; an inclusive rate
of £40 per annum is paid (except charges for gas and electricity).
There is a considerable number of wholesale meat and offal
shops and other food premises in the Borough, and the two
inspectors are kept fully employed. Regular inspection of the
butcher's shops and market streets is carried out by Mr. Penman.

Summary of foodstuffs seized by or surrendered to the meat inspector during 1937 :—

Diseased Meat537224
Diseased Offals13614
Decomposed, etc., Meat1352319
Decomposed, etc., Offals58827
Unsound Bacon released
for Soap Boiling306222
Totals, 193629012020

Imported Mutton and Lamb (Caseous Lymphadenitis) :—

Carcases of Mutton108
Carcases of Lamb26
Pieces of Mutton and Lamb28