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The Pure Milk Problem in Paris
A large part of the milk sold in the small milk shops of Paris cannot be relied on for purity, and the only protection consists in boiling it, which, however, does not sterilize it completely or destroy all the toxins that may have been introduced. Some milk dealers skim off part of the cream, or adulterate the milk with water, which is not always pure. Only the products of two or three of the largest firms' are completely safe, and their prices are too high for a large majority of the population. Those who cannot afford pure milk are peculiarly susceptible, owing to poor circumstances and unhygienic dwellings, to the tubercle bacilli that may be contained in the milk. Furthermore, milk that is collected at night from distant farms, subjected to numerous decantations with unsterilized receptacles, and handled by many persons, some of whom
PARIS. JAMA. 1926;87(19):1572–1573. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680190048021
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