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April 14, 1917

The Clarification of Milk-Reply

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Madison, Wis.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(15):1140. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270040127022

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To the Editor:  —The rules and regulations which are passed by the health departments of our various governmental units, whether they be municipal, state or federal, should have some actual relation to health problems; whenever a health department is instrumental in the passage of regulations that have no relation to public health it is in truth deceiving the public. It seems to me perfectly true that any city which passes an ordinance requiring the clarification of milk or any health department which passes such a rule is leading the public astray. I should not say that the clarification of milk encourages sloppy methods, but I do think that it may permit the use of methods which could not otherwise be used.The statement made in the article concerning the cities that have passed ordinances requiring clarification was based on what I supposed to be reliable information. I certainly regret having

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