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September 6, 1913

Current Comment

JAMA. 1913;61(10):777-779. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350100055024

"SCORING" THE MILK SELLER  We recently discussed some of the factors which demand consideration in the present attempts to improve the quality of the milk-supply to cities, and offered some comment on the limitations which affect the producer.1 A still different aspect of the subject has been raised by the investigator in charge of the market-milk investigations of the Bureau of Animal Industry.2 He remarks that it has been a too prevalent custom in the past to lay all of the blame for dirty milk on the shoulders of the milk producer. While this may be an easy and convenient way, he adds, to shift the burden of responsibility from city to country, it is apt not only to hurt the dairy industry unfairly, but to close the eyes of reformers and health authorities to questions that lie nearer home. Milk inspection, to be complete, must apply to