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March 3, 1917

TRICHINAE IN PORK AND NEMATODES IN BUTTERFISH: IN THEIR RELATION TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTY IN THE SALE OF ARTICLES OF FOOD

Author Affiliations

Professor of Zoology, United States Public Health Service WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(9):685-687. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030017005
Abstract

Several instances of the sale of trichinous pork and of nematode-infested butterfish have recently been brought to the attention of the division of zoology of the Hygienic Laboratory. As these cases bring up the question of the "implied warranty" connected with the sale of articles of food for consumption by human beings, it seems advisable to discuss them from the standpoints of medical zoology and public health.

Certain laws provide that "diseased" meat and meat from "diseased animals" may not be sold, and in the last analysis the interpretation of these laws is based on the interpretation of the term "diseased."

At least one judge has recently held that the term "diseased" in respect to the food laws should be interpreted in its popular sense. If, however, this view is admitted, it will be found that from the standpoint of the parasitic infections this interpretation would exclude all meats from

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