Milk deficient in fat

Hertfordshire Mercury, 23rd January 1915


Ellen Whitman, of Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, was summoned for selling, on December 1, a glass of milk which was deficient in fat to the extent of 46 per cent.  C.H. Baxfield, an inspector under the Food & Drugs Act, gave evidence that on December 1 he went to the defendant’s premises, where he saw a notice displayed, saying ‘Soda and Milk’.  He saw a daughter of the defendant, and was served with a glass of milk, for which he paid 1 1/2d., he told her the milk was purchased for the purpose of analysis by the county analyst, and he divided the milk into three samples.

He produced the analyst’s certificate, which showed that the milk was deficient in fat to the extent of 46 per cent.  Miss Whitman informed the court that her mother did not usually sell milk, and on the occasion in question she thought she was only obliging the inspector.  They had taken the milk in over night, and some of it had been used for breakfast on the morning of the inspector’s visit.  No doubt all the cream had been used off it before the glass of milk was sold to the inspector.  A fine of £1, including costs, was imposed.

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