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Hornchurch 1959

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hornchurch]

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Sample No.ARTICLE (General description)Nature of Adulteration or IrregularityAction Taken
Inf.1885Steak Product.Consisted of minced meat—containing 1% of starch and mis-described as " steak."Manufacturers approached and agreed to alter description.
Inf. 1908Cream Cheese.Contained insufficient fat to justify the description of " Cream Cheese."Formal follow-up sample taken (outside the 1959 period).
Inf. 1923Cinnamon Tablets.Statement of activc ingredients unsatisfactory.Formal follow-up sample taken (outside the 1959 period).
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LIST C

FOOD COMPLAINTS REFERRED TO PUBLIC ANALYSTS

Cpt.1722Bread.Contained foreign matter in the form of a piece of burnt bread and a piece of stale dough.Considered by Council Baker warned.
Cpt.1723Bread.Showed presence of dark streaks of foreign matter due to finely divided burnt dough.Matter considered by Council — Baker warned.
Opt.1724Cheese.Contained foreign matter in the form of coloured paraffin wax in test hole.Matter brought to the attention of the Vendor.
Cpt.1725Milk.Contained fragments of steel wool.Matter considered by Council Bottling Firm warned.
Cpt.1726Sausage.Contained a foreign body in the form of a piece of connective tissue.Manufacturer notified of Analyst's findings.
Cpt.1743Bread.Contained a foreign body in the form of a piece of cement.Matter considered by C o u n c i 1—Baker warned.
Cpt.1781Bananas.Contaminated with a green plastic paint.Investigated fully at retailer's premises and at Banana warehouse.
Cpt.1793Bread.Contained foreign matter in the form of poppy seeds.Investigation showed that seeds used in bread decoration.
Cpt.1794Bacon.Contained a foreign body in the form of rodent excreta.Legal proceedings instituted—V e n d o r fined £5 plus £2 10s. costs.
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