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Walthamstow 1962

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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3 pckts Biscuits288 Cucumbers
16 Steak and Kidney Pies94 Ice Cream Bricks
5 Dairy Cream Sponges134 Iced Lollies

Cooked Meats
Sampling of these products continued during 1962, seventy-five
samples being taken. Twenty were classified as unsatisfactory because
of bacteriological contamination which occurred during storage and
exposure for sale.

Miscellaneous Samples

Eighteen samples were submitted for bacteriological examination, with the following results:-

Frozen Veal11-
Blanc Mange11-
Sausage Meat Pie11-
Creamed Confectionery963
Pish Cakes651

Adulteration, etc. - Food and Drugs Act, 1955
During the year, one hundred and six samples of food and drugs
were submitted to the Public Analysts.

Thirteen samples were reported as being unsatisfactory, details respecting same are given below:-

Description of ArticlesResult of AnalysisAction taken
Solution of Acetic AcidContained 3.1% excess of Acetic Acid. The word 'concentrated' did not appear on the label.Warning letter
Cough LinctusContained anionic detergent equivalent to 2.4% Manoxol O.T.Warning letter
Camomile TisaneContained excessive proportion of sand.Warning letter
Pork Sausages (2)Deficient in meat. No declaration of preservative given.Warning letters
Beef steak with gravyContained 65% meat - is poor for an article described as 'Beef Steak with gravy'.No action
Garden PeasNo name or address of packer or list of ingredients given on the label.Warning letter