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Analytical Control of Foods and Drugs

Nature volume 139, page 364 (27 February 1937) | Download Citation



Extracts from the annual report of the Ministry of Health and abstracts of reports of public analysts upon the analytical control of foods and drugs for 1935 have been issued as a separate pamphlet (Sale of Foods and Drugs. H.M. Stationery Office, 1936. 3d. net). No less than 143,831 samples were analysed by public analysts in England and Wales, of which 7,972, or 5-5 per cent, were reported against. The number of samples of milk examined was 78,674, of which 5,798 samples were reported to be adulterated or not up to standard. Several samples of canned products were found to be contaminated with tin, lead, copper or zinc. A few samples of sugar contained sand, and one of icing sugar rancid fat and dead flies. Adverse reports were made on a number of ‘cream’ cakes and pastries on the ground that the filling consisted wholly or partially of fat other than milk fat, and a number of ‘chocolate’ rolls and cakes contained no chocolate. The reports of the public analysts are abstracted in a series of tables.

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