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Beckenham 1939

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Beckenham]

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INSPECTION AND SUPERVISION OF FOODS
MILK.
Milk was again subjected to bacteriological supervision. The
results were very satisfactory. Over 86 per cent, of the samples
of ordinary milk purchased in the winter months complied with
the standard for Pasteurised milk, and 84 per cent, of the summer
samples reached this standard.
Bacillus coli was found to be present in many of the specimens
of ordinary milk examined. Pasteurised milk was free from this
organism. .
FOOD INSPECTION IN 1939.
MEAT INSPECTION.
The number of carcases dressed in the Borough in 1939 exceeded
those of the previous year by 1,148. Diseased conditions
were found in 1,995 carcases and this necessitated the destruction
of 5 tons 2 qrs. 3 lbs. This total was considerably lower than that
for 1938. A small quantity of other food was also destroyed.
Bovines. The bovines inspected this year were much healthier
—only 31.4% being affected with disease. Tuberculosis was,
however, present to a larger extent in cows, 21.05% of them being
affected. In the oxen there was a marked reduction; 25% as
against 63%—of the animals suffered from this disease.
In every case the appropriate authority was acquainted with
the facts.
Calves. Tuberculosis was found in 0.32% of the carcases.
Sheep. These animals were very healthy, only 1.54% of the
carcases were affected with disease.
Pigs. There was a marked improvement in the condition of
pigs dressed in 1939. Only 10.6% of the carcases were affected
with diseases. Tuberculosis again showed a marked decrease.
This year only 3.14% carcases suffered from this complaint—
a reduction of over 4% upon the figures for 1938.

A detailed account of the animals inspected and of the meat destroyed is given in the following tables :

ANIMALS DRESSED IN 1939.

Cows.Oxen.Calves.Sheep.Pigs.Goats.Total.
381021,2391,80718,009-21,195
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