October 4, 1952


Author Affiliations

Commissioner of Food and Drugs Federal Security Agency Food and Drug Administration Washington 25, D. C.

JAMA. 1952;150(5):508-509. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680050074027

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To the Editor:  —We have read the article "Sterility of Market Cotton," by John H. Silliker and Eugene P. Hess, on page 1374 of the Aug. 9, 1952, issue of The Journal. In this article the authors report their investigation of absorbent cotton sampled on the market in Los Angeles, Calif. They examined 85 packages of cotton and found by their tests that 12, or 14.2%, contained viable micro-organisms.We have considered this report in the light of our total experience in investigation of absorbent cotton, which extends over many years, and after particular review of the reports on this phase of our work covering the past five years. Our experience and data do not support the conclusions of the authors that the present control program is not adequate to insure the consumer of the sterility of each package of market cotton. During the past five years we have examined

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