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]
Table B shows the number of samples taken under the Act with the
percentage of adulteration, and also the total number of samples examined
during the past ten years.
|Year.||Samples taken under the Act.||Number Adulterated.||Percentage Adulterated.||Bact. Examinations.||Miscellaneous Samples.||Total Samples.|
Of the samples taken under the Act 1,459 consisted of foods and of these
90, or 6.2 per cent., were adulterated ; of the remaining 127 samples consisting
of drugs 17, or 13.4 per cent., were adulterated.
Fines and costs totalled £156 17s. 6d.
Milk .—886 samples of milk were analysed. Of these 13, or 1.5 per cent.,
were adulterated. Only 3 of the adulterated samples were watered.
Table C shows the number of samples of milk examined and the percentages
of adulteration during the last ten years.
|Number of samples.||923||900||881||974||928||1005||965||984||890||886|
|Percentage of adulteration.||8.9||22||3.0||26||22||4.6||7.7||8.6||7.5||1.5|
The year shows a great decrease in the percentage of adulteration.
This is the result of the successful use of the freezing point method in the