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St Mary (Battersea) 1890

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Battersea]

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A letter from Sir Hugh Owen, Secretary, Local Government
Board, was submitted to the Vestry on the 12th February,
enclosing copy of the draft of a bill prepared for the purpose of
consolidating the law with reference to the Public Health of the
Metropolis, and inviting the suggestions of the Vestry thereon.
This letter and the draft bill were referred for consideration to
the Sanitary Committee, and the Committee having conferred
with the Solicitor, recommended that the Clerk be
directed to thank Sir Hugh Owen for his letter, and to state
that the Vestry entirely agree with the proposed consolidation
of the law, and that they had no suggestions to offer with regard
to an amendment of the Bill. The report of the Committee
was considered and approved by the Vestry on the 26th
February, and a communication was addressed to Sir Hugh
Owen accordingly.
Adultera-tion of Food and Drugs. The Vestry have not relaxed their efforts for the
detection and punishment of persons offering for sale
articles of food which have been adulterated.

The cases in which convictions were obtained are set out in the following table, which also shews the percentage of adulterations:—