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Harrow 1967

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Harrow]

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Meat Inspection

All the animals slaughtered in the district were inspected and the following is a summary of the post-mortem examinations that were made:—

Cattle excluding CowsCowsCalvesSheep and LambsPigsHorses
Number killed1,15272914,1642,122
Number inspected1,15272914,1642,122
All diseases except Tuberculosis and Cysticerci— whole carcases condemned--213-
Carcases of which some part or organ was condemned3492Nil276391-
Percentage of the number inspected affected with disease other than Tuberculosis and Cysticerci . .26.828.60.76.718.4-
Tuberculosis only Whole carcases condemned-
Carcases of which some part or organ was condemned----17-
Percentage of the number inspected affected with Tuberculosis----0.8-
Cysticercosis—-Carcases of which some part or organ was condemned17-----
Carcases submitted to treatment by refrigeration4-
Generalised and totally condemned
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It will be noted that today Tuberculosis is almost non-existent.
The eradication of Tuberculosis from the cattle in this country since
the war is one of the most spectacular achievements in modern animal
husbandry, and it is now six years since evidence of Tuberculosis was
diagnosed in a non-reactor on post mortem examination of cattle in a
local Slaughterhouse.


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