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]
The vendors of the above samples had paid £42 in fines and costs in the
previous year for similar offences. During three weeks in May the above
series of samples were taken, genuine samples being occasionally obtained.
Eventually the formal sample B 368 was obtained through an agent.
Condensed and Dried Milk.—10 samples of condensed milk and 3 samples
of dried milk were genuine and free from preservative.
These samples complied with the requirements of the Condensed Milk
and Dried Milk Regulations respectively as regards percentage composition
of milk fat and milk solids, and each tin contained sufficient condensed or
dried milk to produce the number of pints of standard milk as stated on the
Chocolate Cakes.—Out of 15 samples analysed 7 samples were found to
Informal samples B 257, B 258, B 259, B 260, B 261 and B 262 contained
0.3, 0.3, 0.6, 0.4, 0.3 and 0.6 per cent, dry fat free cocoa material respectively.
B 375 contained no chocolate. Vendor cautioned.
To have a reasonable taste of chocolate, cakes should contain 4 per cent,
of dry fat-free cocoa material.
Cream.—12 samples of cream were examined and one sample was
C 794 contained at least 35 per cent, of foreign fat. The sample was sold
as cream, but the carton from which it had been obtained was labelled with
a fancy name with " Grade A Milk Product " beneath. In smaller print at
the back of the carton were the words " best fresh milk enriched with a highly
refined and very digestible fat."
A more satisfactory labelling would be to print " A cream substitute " in
letters of the same size under the fancy name. The description " Artificial
Cream " can only be used when only milk products are used in the manufacture.
Cream Cheese.—Of 27 samples of cream cheese analysed 10 samples had
not been made from cream.
C 52. Double Cream Cheese. Consisted of Single Cream Cheese.
C 248 (Informal). Consisted of soft cheese made from whole milk.
C 249 (Informal). Double Cream Cheese. Consisted of soft cheese made
from whole milk.
C 250 (Informal). Consisted of soft cheese made from whole milk.
C291. Consisted of soft cheese made from partially skimmed milk.
Vendor fined £1 with £2 2s. Od. costs.
C 292. Consisted of soft cheese made from whole milk. Vendor fined £1
with £2 2s. Od. costs.
C 293. Double Cream Cheese. Soft cheese made from partially skimmed
milk. Vendor fined £5 with £3 3s. Od. costs.
B 341 (Informal). Consisted of soft cheese made from partially skimmed
C 742 (Informal). Consisted of soft cheese made from whole milk.
C 776. Consisted of soft cheese made from whole milk, Vendor fined £2
with £2 2s. Od. costs.