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Stepney 1939

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Stepney]

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Summary of Borough Analyst's Report
for the Year 1939.
1,665 samples were submitted for examination. Of these 1,542 consisted
of foods and drugs. The remaining samples were received from various Borough
Departments and Private Purchasers.
Out of 850 formal samples 45 or 5.3 per cent. were adulterated, and of
692 informal samples 39 or 5.6 per cent. were adulterated, making a total of
1,542 samples, out of which 84 or 5.4 per cent. were adulterated. Of the
samples taken under the Act 1,410 consisted of foods, and of these 76 or 54
per cent. were adulterated (19 samples contained an allowed amount of
preservative). Of 132 drugs 8, or 6.1 per cent., were adulterated.

Legal Proceedings.—-Offences were committed in 87 cases. These were dealt with as shown below :—

Adultered.Other offences.T otal.
No action22

Fines and costs totalled £95 15s. 0d.
Milk.—845 samples of milk were examined. The average composition,
including 24 adulerated samples, was :—Fat, 3.48 per cent., and solids-not-fat,
8.72 per cent. 34 samples of milk taken from hospitals, etc. averaged:—
Fat, 3.58 per cent. and solids-not-fat, 8.79 per cent. 30 samples of milk
taken from schools averaged :—Fat, 3.34 per cent. and solids-not-fat, 8.69
per cent.


Nature.Adulterated.Legal Proceedings.Fines.Costs.
Informal.Formal.Percentage Aulterated.
Bread and Butter221816.71528002870
Cream Cheese2— "11.8
Ground Ginger350.0
Drugs. Ammoniated Quinine Tablets2127.3
Liniment of Turpentine11100
Parrish's Food1150.0
Sulphur Ointment116.7

Poor quality samples.—44 samples, including 21 samples of milk, were
reported as of inferior grade or doubtful quality.
Offences other than Adulteration.-—In three cases vendors paid a total of
£9 17s. Od. in fines and costs.
Miscellaneous Samples.—123 miscellaneous samples were submitted for
analysis. These included 11 cowshed samples (5 of which were below the
standard). Of the remaining 112 samples 85 were foods, and of these 14, or
165 per cent., were unsatisfactory.
Borough Analyst,