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September 28, 1907


Author Affiliations

Chief of Dairy Division. Bureau of Animal Industry.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(13):1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320130025001h

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A systematic sanitary inspection of dairy farms and milk-distributing depots are anything but ideal; they are, in fact, about as bad as it is possible to conceive. Stables are poorly lighted, many having no windows whatever, and ventilation is left to care for itself. Little attention is paid to floors, ceilings, walks, or stable yards. Swine, horses and poultry are often found in the same barn with the cows. Manure is not removed, or, when removed, is thrown through an opening in the wall or just outside the door, frequently near the milk room.

The necessary appliances for sterilizing and cooling in milk room are often lacking, making it impossible properly to wash and sterilize pails, cans, bottles and other appliances, or to properly cool and hold at a low temperature the milk before delivery. Milk dealers, as a rule, have more respect for sanitation and have better appliances than

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