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March 7, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(10):487-488. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430620039007

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The Report of Drs. S. C. Busey and Geo. M. Kober of Washington, D. C. on morbific and infectious milk, the advance sheets of which are now before us, constitutes a strong argument on behalf of the necessity for the sanitary control of dairies and of the milk supply of cities. According to the U. S. Census of 1890 the average annual production from sixteen and a half million milch cows was 5,209 million gallons of milk, 1,024 million pounds of butter and nearly nineteen million pounds of cheese. These large quantities give an indication of the extent of milk consumption, of the danger from an impure supply and of the temptation, from the monetary point of view, to the practice of fraudulent and more or less harmful adulterations. The official or legal standard composition of milk varies somewhat in different states and cities. It is lowest in New York,

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