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October 18, 1947

Food Inspection Notes: A Handbook for Students

JAMA. 1947;135(7):468. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890070070032

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The second edition of this little pocket size book follows four years after the first edition and constitutes a digest or summary of present day knowledge of foods and their inspection. About half of the book is devoted to meat inspection and the remainder to poultry, rabbits, game, fish, shellfish, milk, milk products, canned foods, other foods, food poisoning and food sampling. Dogmatic statements are made with reference to controversial issues. For example, acidophilus milk... "exerts a beneficial influence on digestive organs." The food poisoning portion of the book needs revision. The authors still accept the theory (for which proof is lacking) that Salmonella produces toxins which are heat stable and may give rise to food poisoning symptoms in man in the absence of living Salmonella organisms. This book contains much valuable information for health workers concerned with food inspection.

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