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Finsbury 1960

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

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UNSOUND FOOD & FOOD POISONING:
No formal seizure and condemnation of food has been necessary for
many years. There has been little evidence of attempts by traders to
sell unwholesome food, in fact it is they who usually notify the
department of suspected food in their possession. Voluntary surrender
of food is accepted and certificates are issued accordingly. The
amount of food dealt with in this way has varied little and remains
comparatively high because certain multiple stores have their warehouses
in finsbury to which doubtful food is returned from branches
elsewhere, and the large amount of meat dealt with in the Smithfield
area.
Small quantities of unsound food are incinerated where facilities
exist, but otherwise is removed as trade refuse or by the contractors
referred to under Meat.
A total of 149 visits were made in this connection in 1960 apart
from those connected with meat inspection and 751 certificates were
issued.

The total quantities of unsound food surrendered during 1960 were.

Lbs.
Meat (diseased)44,696
Meat (unsound)38,211
Meat Products8,832
Bacon5,199
Offals (diseased & unsound)60,399
Poultry3,982
Game475
Rabbits318
Canned Foods19,241
Bottle fruits & pickles6
Dried fruit89
Preserves39
Cheese4,846
Fruit & Vegetables40
FISH208
Cereals59
Miscellaneous1,608
Butter20
Frozen Foods5,624
Lard24
Eggs300
194,216 lbs. 86.70 tons.
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