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East Ham 1950

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

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During the year the Council decided to plan a clean food
campaign and organise a "Food Hygiene Guild". The Guild is to be
administered through an Advisory Committee consisting of the Chairman
of the Health Committee as an ex-officio member, four members
nominated by each of the Council and the local Chamber of Trade and
Commerce, one member nominated by each of the London Co-operative
Society Limited and the Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers,
together with other members representative of traders in the Borough
as the Committee may approve. Draft codes of practice are in
preparation, and it is hoped during the forthcoming year to launch
both the Guild and clean food campaign.
(3) Slaughterhouses. There is only one licensed slaughterhouse in the
Borough which was not in use during the year.
(4) Bacteriological Sampling. In addition to the -85 samples of milk, the
following were submitted for examination : 46 ice-cream, 1 tinned ham,
1 portion of meat, 1 sponge cake, 1 tin of cherries, 3 ice-cream
lollies and 1 lolly stick, 2 drinking water and 6 samples of water from
the public swimming baths.
The ice-cream samples were graded by the Council's
bacteriologist in accordance with the Ministry of Health's Provisional
Grading as follows ;-
Grade I 14
" II 16
" III 9
" IV 7
Total 46
The fat content of the ice-cream samples varied from 1.5
per cent. to 16 per cent. and the total solids from 12 per cent to
41 per cent. The average fat and total solids contents were 9.1 per
cent. and 32.1 per cent. respectively.
The tinned ham was normal in appearance and the gelatine
solid. It had however a slight fetid odour. The ham was found to
contain excessive numbers of organisms including some of excremental
origin and was therefore regarded as potentially dangerous for human
consumption. It would seem that the meat was inefficiently
sterilised during production or than canning was imperfect.
Samples of meat, sponge cake and tinned cherries were submitted
for examination in connection with suspected food poisanlng.
All were found to be satisfactory.
The ice-cream lollies manufactured by a local vendor
contained ice-cream. Hie lollies were reported by the Council's
Bacteriologist as of a fair standard of bacterial purity but that
a reduction of the content of coliform organisms was necessary.
The spatulas or lolly sticks contained more bacteria than was
considered desirable. The manufacture of this particular type
of "lolly" on the advice of the Department was discontinued.
The samples of drinking water and public swimming bath
water were said to be satisfactory.
(5) Ice-Cream. Constant vigilance In regard to the sale and manufacture
of' ice-cream was maintained throughout the year. 28
additional premises were registered for the sale of ice-cream and
one for manufacture and sale. One application was refused and
one registration cancelled.

Position at 31st December, 1950.

1. Accommodation made available - family units
(i) By repair of weir damage6,233+
(ii) By requisitioned premises1,324
(Hi) By new housing (including 474 cost of works rebuilds)2,019
(iv) By emergency hutments-
+ This figure includes 3,307 houses classified Cb (War Damage) and rebuilt by Local Authority.
2. Families rehoused since August, 19453,182
3. Cases of overcrowding under Housing Act, 1936 abated by rehousing since August, 1945 (included in 2)859
4. Total of current applications for rehousing7,137
5. New housing
Dwellings ProjectedUnder Construct lorl Completed
Cost-of-Works Rebuilds527+27474
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