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November 16, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(20):1724. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810460056017

In 1932 The Journal condemned the sale and use of bootleg milk,1 namely milk offered for sale outside municipal limits and therefore not subject to the regulations governing the sale of milk within the municipality. Several health officers at that time were confronted with the health hazard developed by the sale of milk at roadside stands to residents of nearby cities. Such milk was cheaper than milk sold in the city. Often it came from farms of such insanitary condition that their product could not be offered within the city limits.

Studies by the United States Public Health Service and the former American Child Health Association have demonstrated again and again that milk-borne epidemics are due almost exclusively to raw milk supplies.2 In many parts of this country, especially the smaller cities, raw milk still constitutes an appreciable percentage of the daily milk distribution. Raw milk unless certified