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Finsbury 1937

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

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The following is a summary of the number of registered premises in the Borough at the end of year:—

No. of Premises.
Manufacture of ice cream72
Storage and sale of ice cream63
Fried Fish Shops18
Butchers' Shops and stalls108
Other premises, bacon smoking premises, etc., where food is cooked, preserved or pickled73
Total number of premises334

All the premises were regularly visited during the year.
Food and Drugs (Adulteration) Act 1928.

The number of official samples taken during 1937 was 600, of which the following is a summary:—

Name of Article.Gen.Adult.TotalName of Article.Gen.Adult.Total
Apricots2_2Paste (Fish)2_2
Barley (Pearl)66Paste (Soup)11
Beef (Corned)1212Peas (Split)44
Brawn1111Peel (Candied)44
Bread and Butter11Plums (Oregon)11
Butter118118Powder (Lemonade)33
Cocoa22Rice (Ground)11
Coconut33Roll (Meat)11
Egg Loaf11Salad Fruit (Dried)11
Flour (Self-raising)33Sardines in Olive Oil11
Flour (Maize)11Sausage (Cooked)66
Fruit (Mixed)55Sausages24226
Lard2222Suet (Shredded)44
Maize Meal11Sweets1010
Mushrooms (dried)11Tea Dust22

Bread and Butter.—The butter in three slices of "bread
and butter" purchased was found to consist of 100 per cent.of
margarine; they were purchased for threepence at a restaurant
in the Borough.
The vendor stated that the containers of the butter and
margarine were similar, and in his haste the margarine was served
instead of butter. A cautionary letter was sent by the Town Clerk.