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Stepney 1938

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Stepney]

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Egyptian Mandarines.
Greek Grapes and Mandarines.
Hungarian Apricots, Gooseberries, Grapes, Melons, Peaches, Plums
and Red Currants.
Italian Apricots, Aubergines, Cauliflowers, Cherries, Figs, Grapes,
Lemons, Mandarines, Melons, Onions, Oranges, Peaches, Pears,
Peas, Plums, Potatoes and Tomatoes.
Yugo Slavian Plums.
Bulgarian Strawberry Pulp, Belgian Bacon, Biscuits and Eggs, Dutch
Butter, Hungarian Bacon, Frozen Liquid Eggs and Poultry, Italian Cheese,
Chestnuts and Poultry, Roumanian Eggs and Poultry, Yugo Slavian Bacon,
Frozen Liquid Eggs, Eggs and Poultry were also examined.

The following foodstuffs were found to be unsound and were destroyed:-

411 crates of Apricots411220
598 packages of Grapes55212
1,350 Melons13238
16 trays of Peaches1318
2 crates of Pears10
9,969 packages of Plums781616
3 bags of Potatoes1112
3 casks Strawberry Pulp900

A first consignment of Yugo Slavian Frozen Liquid Eggs arrived on 14th
March and considerable consignments have since been received. A sample
taken was found to be free from preservatives. Consignments of this commodity
were also received from Hungary and a sample taken on 26th May also
proved to be free from preservatives.
6 cases of Sausages were detained as they were not officially certificated
in accordance with the Public Health (Imported Food) Regulations, 1937.
1 case arrived from Switzerland on 25th April, and a certificate from a competent
authority was submitted on 10th May, and the case subsequently
released. The remaining 5 cases arrived from Italy on 11th October. Permission
was given for these to be re-exported on 4th November.
Large consignments of Bulgarian Strawberry Pulp arrived during May
and June. A sample taken on 11th June was found to contain 914 parts of
sulphur dioxide per million, which is within the limit permitted by the Public
Health (Preservatives, etc., in Food) Regulations, 1925.
During the first two weeks in September, large quantities of Hungarian
and Yugo Slavian fruit arrived in an unsound condition. This was due to
delay occasioned by railway dislocation on the Continent, caused by the
international crisis at that time.
(For further matters relating to Foods, see the Public Analyst's report on
the following pages).