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Hornchurch 1956

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hornchurch]

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Sample No.ARTICLENature of Adulteration or IrregularityAction taken
Cpt.1147Bread - loaf of.Contained fragments of foreign matter found to consist of charred or burnt bread.Matter considered by Council — Baker warned.
Cpt.ll 48Wafer Biscuits alleged to have caused sickness.Analyst reported that the biscuits were examined and found to be free from any harmful substances.No action necessary.
Cpt.1185Milk.Contained fragments of leaf tissue.Matter considered by Council Bottling firm warned.
Cpt.1192Aniseed Balls alleged to have caused sickness.Analyst reported that examination showed the aniseed balls to be free from harmful metallic contaminationNo action necessary.
Cpt.1215Essence of Rennet — alleged to have caused sickness.Analyst reported that examination of the rennet showed it to be free from any harmful substances.No action necessary.
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FOOD COMPLAINTS WHERE ANALYSIS WAS NOT REQUIRED.

ComplaintAction
Bread containing piece of lead. Bottle of milk containing bottle cap.Manager of Bakery firm warned. Dairy firm warned.
Cake containing insect. Piece of glass in 1/3 pint bottle of milk.Manufacturer warned. Matter taken up with firm concerned.
Stale and mouldy meat pies. Piece of glass in bottle of milk.Vendor warned. Matter taken up with vendor and manufacturer.
Alleged glass in tin of salmon.Found to be chemical deposit usual in salmon and not glass.
Slice of bread containing dark brown particles.Only one slice of the loaf available—no action possible.
Unpleasant taste of meat pies.Matter taken up with manufacturer.
1/3 pint bottle of milk alleged to contain a fly.Matter taken up with firm concerned.
Piece of glass in 1/3 pint bottle of milk.Matter taken up with firm concerned.
Mouldy meat pies.Matter taken up with vendor and Manufacturer.
Mouldy cream filled slab cake.Vendor warned.
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