Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Lewisham Borough]
This question was considered by the Health Committee and
authority was given to prepare and obtain suitable notices for exhibition
in butchers, grocers, greengrocers and bakers and confectioners shops,
where the occupiers of such shops agreed to display notices. The
views of the various Chambers of Commerce and allied organisations
were obtained and it was generally felt that the notices should be made
of a strong and permanent material.
The notices, which are in the following form, were distributed in
the early part of 1953:—
metropolitan borough of lewisham
Please, for good hygiene, keep your dog out of food shops.
E. H. R. Smithard,
Town Hall, S.E.6 Medical Officer of Health
At the same time as the notices were issued to shops, a poster was
prepared for public exhibition urging the general public to keep dogs
out of food shops, and the opportunity was also taken to stress the
need to prevent dogs from fouling the footpath, and for keeping dogs
under close control while in the street to lessen the likelihood of
accidents. Publicity was also sought from the local press.