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Dagenham 1957

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Dagenham]

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RAG FLOCK AND OTHER FILLING MATERIALS ACT, 1951
Two premises which have been registered under Section 2 of the Act have operated
during the year. One licence for the manufacture and one licence for the storage of
rag flock have been issued during the year.
Samples are taken regularly at the three factories in the Borough where filling
materials are manufactured.

35 informal samples were taken during the year; all were satisfactory. The details are as follows:—

MaterialNo. of Samples submitted for analysis
Rag Flock10
Cotton Felt8
Kapok7
Sisal5
Coir Fibre3
Kapok mixed with cotton1
Millpuffs1
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PET ANIMALS ACT, 1951
Five licences authorising the keeping of pet shops have been renewed. The conditions
attached to the licences are those approved by the Association of Municipal
Corporations; no serious breach of the conditions occurred.
The attention of proprietors of pet shops was drawn to leaflets on the feeding, care
and management of various pets which could be purchased and were very suitable for
distribution to customers with a view to avoiding unnecessary distress to animals arising
from ignorance on the part of the purchaser.
PREVENTION OF DAMAGE BY PESTS ACT, 1949
Disinfestation of rats and mice is carried out under the supervision of the district
inspectors by the manual employee attached to the department. The service is free to
householders but a charge on a time and material basis is made for business premises.
Following a 10 per cent test-baiting of all sewer manholes in the Borough, two treatments,
at six monthly intervals, were carried out in areas where there was evidence of infestation.
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