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East Ham 1949

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for East Ham]

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business for the more profitable sale of ice-cream. The Council
has in fact decided that except under special circumstances the
sale of such a vulnerable foodstuff as ice-cream shall not be carried
on in conjunction with the business of a lending library.

The manufacture of ice-cream in the Borough although in every case carried on as a separate activity is in fact associated with the following trades:—

Tobacconists and Confectioners15
Catering Establishments4
Ice-Cream Manufacturers only2

With the exception of one or two small confectioners where a
"complete cold mix" is used, the remainder of the manufacturers
submit their ingredients to heat treatment as prescribed in the
Ice-Cream (Heat Treatment, etc.) Regulations, 1947/48. No great
difficulty generally is experienced in complying with these regulations,
although some of the operations involved are less automatic
than one would desire. This, of course, is largely dependant upon
the type of machinery installed, which can be both costly and
Through registration, effective control is exercised over
premises used for the sale or manufacture of ice-cream, but the
itinerant vendor in this Borough escapes such registration, and in
consequence supervision of sales by this type of trader is rendered
difficult. Registration of such traders in ice-cream or any foodstuffs
should be obligatory.
(6) Other Foods.—The quality of foodstuffs sold in the Borough
was generally well maintained. This is in no small measure due
to the co-operation of the local food traders in seeking the help
and advice of the Department when in doubt, and to the prompt
manner in which foodstuffs, unfit for human consumption, are
The following canned foodstuffs were condemned as unfit for
human food:—
Meat and meat products, 449 tins, fruit 283, fish 669
milk 1,587, and 4,333 tins or packages of other foods.