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West Ham 1945

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

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BIOLOGICAL TESTS

Type of MilkNumber ExaminedResult
PositiveNegative
"Tuberculin Tested (Certified)" (From Purveyor)16-16
Accredited (From Producer)33
Pasteurised (Delivered at Institutions)55
TOTALS2424
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ICE CREAM. Twelve samples of ice cream were taken
from shopkeepers and itinerent vendors and submitted for
bacteriological examination. Of 7 samples obtained from shopkeepers,
5 proved satisfactory and 2 contained excessive bacteria
and coliform bacilli.
Of 5 samples taken from itinerent vendors, 2 proved
satisfactory, one sample contained excessive bacteria and coliform
bacilli, and 2 samples contained coliform bacilli.
In all cases of unsatisfactory results, letters of warning
were sent and the premises, the utensils, and the methods
generally employed were examined.
CONDENSED MILK REGULATIONS. During the year
8 samples of condensed milk were submitted. Of this number,
6 samples of condensed machine-skimmed milk sweetened were
also examined for the purpose of testing the equivalent, and
proved satisfactory. Two samples of condensed full cream milk
sweetened were submitted, one of which was also tested for the
equivalent. Both proved satisfactory. The labelling satisfied
the requirements of the Regulations.

REPORT OF THE PUBLIC ANALYST
By Albert E. Parkes, F.I.C., F.C.S.
During the year 1945, 1,056 samples were examined under
the Food and Drugs Act. These were all submitted by the
Medical Officer of Health, and no samples were submitted by
the public. Of the samples submitted 16 were found to be
adulterated. The adulteration was at the rate of 1.52 per cent,
of the samples examined. The samples purchased informally
numbered 370.
The adulteration of samples submitted during the past ten
years is shown in Table I.
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