At the Dagenham Town Show held on Saturday and Sunday, 13th and 14th July
an exhibition was arranged including dirty and clean empty milk bottles, diseased meat
and a light-hearted quiz designed to enable visitors to the Show to check their knowledge
as to the difference between horseflesh and beef, and the organs of various animals,
together with different types of fish.
There has been no decrease in the number of complaints received in respect of food
containing foreign substances or otherwise alleged to be unfit for human consumption.
Legal proceedings were taken in respect of two complaints (a mouldy pork pie and
bread containing rodent excreta); a fine of £10 was imposed in each case.
The normal method of disposing of unsound food is to use the incinerator at the
Council's refuse disposal works. Occasionally, when there is a quantity of meat, it is
disposed of under supervision through the Council's waste food service; the meat is
previously cut up and dyed.
Registration of Food Hawkers
Under the provisions of the Essex County Council Act, 1952, Section 103,13 persons
were registered as food hawkers; three had storage premises in the Borough.
51 cases of food poisoning were notified during the year. The following is a copy of the annual return submitted to the Ministry of Health:—
|1st Quarter 16||2nd Quarter 5||3rd Quarter 13||4th Quarter 17||Total 51|
|Outbreaks due to Identified Agents. Total Outbreaks||2||Total Cases||6|
|Outbreaks of Undiscovered Cause Total Outbreaks||10||Total Cases||32|
|Agent Identified||4||Unknown Cause||9|
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All the outbreaks were confined to individual families and all identified agents were
of the Salmonella group.