Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Stepney]
East Tenter St.
V. INSPECTION AND SUPERVISION OF FOOD.
Since February, 1938, there have been systematic inspections of poultry
exposed for sale on market stalls and in shops in the Borough. The main
cause for condemnation of poultry has been the presence of tuberculosis,
generally of the livers and intestines. Other conditions warranting condemnation
were dropsy, emaciation and cancer. As a result, 906 fowls were
condemned during the year. Some difficulty was at first experienced in
securing the co-operation of poultry vendors but this has now been largely
overcome and the vendors are now on the whole co-operating more willingly.
In only two instances was it found necessary to seize fowls and the subsequent
proceedings resulted in the imposition of fines and costs.
There were three other instances where legal proceedings were taken as
the result of seizures of unsound food exposed for sale.
The sampling of milk reveals that the standard is being maintained.
There has been much less evidence of adulteration by the addition of water,
and there has been a small increase in the average amount of non-fatty
Samples of milk have been taken in course of delivery to the various
schools, hospitals and institutions in the Borough for bacteriological and
The improvement in the condition of food premises in the Borough has