London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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Lambeth 1966

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

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Chemical Analysis
290 samples were procured formally, 100 of which were milk, and 1,700
samples were procured informally.
Set out below is a table of samples reported by the Public Analyst to be
adulterated or otherwise unsatisfactory, showing action in each case.

Formal Samples

ArticlesResult of AnalysisAction taken
Cream cakeLess than 4% butter fat present Contained rodent excrementLegal proceedings instituted.
Meat BurgersDeficient in meatLetter to Manufacturers
Roll and ButterFat used contained less than 5% butter fatWarning letter sent
Chunky chicken in sauceDeficient in meatMatter taken up with Manufacturers
Chopped chicken in jellyDeficient in meatWarning letter to Manufacturers
GinDeficient in proof spiritFurther sample obtained-Genuine
Fruit salad in syrupFruit content not in accordance with relevant Code of PracticeRepeat sample taken
Chopped chicken in jellyDeficient in meatOnly minor deficiency-no further action taken

Informal Samples

Eye lotion (2)Deficient in cocaine HydrochlorideMatter taken up with Manufacturers
Wintergreen OilDeficient in methyl salicytateFurther sample taken
Sausages, porkDeficient in meatWarning letter sent