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April 14, 1917

The Clarification of Milk

Author Affiliations

Health Officer, Cincinnati.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(15):1139-1140. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270040127021

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, March 24, 1917, Prof. E. G. Hastings of the University of Wisconsin presents his views concerning the clarification of milk. They are distinctly hostile to this process, and leave the impression that the use of a clarifier not only encourages sloppy methods at the point of production, but that health officers favoring the process are deceiving the public. Cincinnati and five other cities are cited as examples of the lengths to which misguided enthusiasts will go in an endeavor to supply a community with milk that is not only safe but decent in appearance.Cincinnati health officials have never suggested that clarification is a substitute for cleanliness at the point of production. They do believe that it is a very efficient adjunct to cleanliness. The material removed will do more to open the eyes of a careless dairyman to his shortcomings than many hours

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