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Stepney 1938

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Stepney]

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Borough Analyst's Annual Report.
To the Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors
of the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have the honour to submit to you my fifteenth Annual Report, dealing
with the work carried out in the Borough Laboratory during the year 1938.
During the year 1,738 samples were submitted to me for examination.
These samples were made up as under :—
Foods 1,459 1,586
Drags 127
Public Health Department 130
Borough Engineer 9
Public Cleansing Officer 3
Private 6
Essex County Council 4
The 1,586 samples of foods and drugs were purchased or taken by
Inspectors under the Food and Drugs (Adulteration) Act and consisted of:—
Formal Samples 976
Informal Samples 610
Out of 976 formal samples 49, or 5.0 per cent., were adulterated and of
610 informal samples 58, or 9.5 per cent., were adulterated, making a total
of 1,586 samples, out of which 107, or 6.7 per cent, were adulterated.
Table A shows the nature of the samples taken under the Food and
Drugs (Adulteration) Act, and gives the numbers and percentages found to
be adulterated, and the number of samples found to contain preservative.

Table A.

Nature.Number of Samples.Number AdulteratedPercentage AdulteratedPreservative Found.
Ammoniated Quinine Tablets11872.7-
Ammoniated Tincture of Quinine3
Aspirin Tablets2
Baking Powder5-None
Basilicon Ointment2---