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City of London 1864

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of the spleen, or from the cattle murrain, or which
have been bitten by a mad dog, or any other mad
animal, as well as the flesh of measly pigs, must
not, on any account, be exposed for sale. Inspectors
generally, indeed, must only permit the
slaughter of healthy beasts. It will of course be
understood, however, that fractured limbs, and
other external injuries, form no obstacle to
It is also prohibited to sell the meat of animals
near the time of bringing forth their young, as
well as of all very young animals, especially of
calves under three weeks old, or weighing less than
40 lbs.
The regulation of the 8th of January, 1789,
contains a detailed description of the various cattle
diseases which either render meat entirely or partially
unsound, or which offer no obstacle to its
healthy use.
If the animal be suspected of an illness, the
infallible tokens of which may reasonably be expected
to appear on slaughtering, the owner may
request to have it slaughtered in the presence of
the inspector, on his own responsibility; and,
provided the animal proves sound, the inspector
has then to furnish the owner with the certificate.

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