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West Ham 1947

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

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ACTION TAKEN ON ADULTERATED SAMPLES
Glaubers Salt (Informal). Consisted of sodium sulphite,
subsequent official samples proved satisfactory.
Butter. 0.7% excessive water. Letter of caution, subsequent
samples proved satisfactory.
Butter. 0.4%excessive water. Letter of caution, subsequent
samples proved satisfactory.
Gin. 4.6% excessive water. Dismissed under the Probation
or Offenders Act on payment of £5 5s. costs.
Pepper. Contained at least 80% of wheat flour. Dismissed
under the Probation of Offenders Act, on payment of £3 3s. costs.
Non-brewed Vinegar. 7.5% excessive water. Letter of
caution, subsequent samples proved satisfactory.
Non-brewed Vinegar. 5.0% excessive water. Letter of
caution. Shopkeeper given up sale.
Milk. 3.5% excessive water. Letter of caution, subsequent
samples proved satisfactory.
Glaubers Salt. Contained 207% of crystallised sodium
sulphate which is 105% in excess of the limit permitted.
Letter of caution. Shopkeeper given up sale.
Gin. 10.7% excessive water. Fined £10 and £3 3s. costs.
Saccharin Tablets (Informal). Deficient in saccharin 5.5%.
Subsequent official sample proved satisfactory.
REPORT OF THE PUBLIC ANALYST FOR 1947
By Albert E. Parkes, F.I.C., F.C.S.
During the year 1947 1,055 samples were examined under
the Food and Drugs Act, 655 formal and 400 informal.
All samples were submitted by the Inspector.
No samples under the Act were submitted by the public.
Ten samples were found to be adulterated, 9 formal and
1 informal. This is at the rate of 0.9 per cent.

The adulteration in the Borough for the past ten years was as follows:—

YearNo. of samples examinedPer cent. of adulteration
19471,0550.9
19461,0580.6
19451,0561.5
19441,0540.6
19431,0551.7
19421,0651.5
19411,1252.3
19401,1761.8
19391,1771.5
19381,2032.1
Average1,1021.4
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