London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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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
Cpt.1808Strawberry Jam.Contained the abdomen of a beetle which had been "cooked" in the jam.Matter considered by Council- Manufacturers warned.
Cpt.1809Milk.Contained foreign matter in the form of a milk skim covered with mould growth.Legal proceedings instituted—V e n d o r fined £20.
Cpt.1825Milk.Contained s m a 11 pellets of ferrous metal.Matter taken up with the Manufacturers, possibly a defect when the bottle was made.
Cpt.1826Butter.Contained f o r e i g n matter in the form of a piece of cardboard.Matter taken up with Manufacturer.
Cpt.1846Pork Pie.Contained insect fragments and a small area of mould growth.Legal proceedings instituted—V e n d o r fined £5 plus 2 gns. costs.
Cpt.1897Milk Bottle.Contained fragments of blackish slag fused into the bottom of the bottle.As this foreign matter had been fused into the bottle when bottle was made, no further action taken.
Cpt.1898Soft Fruit Drink (alleged to have caused sickness).Contained a deposit of small yeasts.Investigation did not substantiate complaint.
Cpt.1899Soft Fruit Drink (alleged to have caused sickness).Contained a deposit of small yeasts.Investigation did not substantiate complaint.
Cpt.1942Corned Beef.Showed the presence of black patches of iron sulphide.No further action taken as identity of Manufacturer not available.
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