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March 4, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(9):673-674. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740090045022

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Manchester Rejects the Pasteurization of Milk  The authorities on public health teach that pasteurization of milk is a valuable measure for the prevention of the conveyance of tuberculosis and other diseases by milk and that, unless the milk can be absolutely guaranteed to be free from disease germs, milk should always be pasteurized. Yet the people of Manchester, one of the largest cities in England, have rejected pasteurization. The public health committee of the town council approved the proposal of the health officer that all milk other than tuberculin tested sold within the city should be pasteurized. The proposal was embodied in a bill for presentation to parliament, which was submitted to a town meeting. Opposition to the bill was so well organized that five of its clauses, including that for compulsory pasteurization, were defeated. The council, which approved of the bill by a large majority, then submitted the proposal

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