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February 20th, when the completed ordinances will be presented both for city and county. Copies of these will be furnished to any place in the State that desires them. Many have already applied and we earnestly urge that all over the State the work of better sanitary laws
be taken up.
HEALTH ASSOCIATION MEETING. The San Joaquin Valley Health Officers' Association will hold its semi-annual meeting at Tulare, at 9:00 A. M., March 10, 1908, and have the following excellent program: Plague in Interior Cities,
DR. RUPERT BLUE,
A. R. WARD, D. V. S.,
Hygienic Laboratory, University of California.
DR. C. C. BROWNING, Monrovia.
The Association is fortunate to secure the presence of these men, all experts in their departments. The meeting will be of exceptional interest, and all health officials and others should attend.
INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON TUBERCULOSIS. The following letter from Surgeon-General Wyman has been sent to all health officials and should be kept in sight. Every one interested in this branch of public health, -and who is not, -should, if possible, attend, but if not, become a member so as to receive the published transactions. They will be worth many times the five-dollar membership fee.
TREASURY DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, December 26, 1907. SIR: The prevention of tuberculosis is engaging the increasing attention of public health authorities and philanthropists throughout the world. There is certainly no more important public health question demanding the activities of sanitary officers at the present time, and it is desirable that our people generally recognize its importance and enlist in the campaign against tuberculosis.
The diffusion of knowledge with respect to the disease is no doubt one of the most important measures that can be instituted by public health officials. With the view to this end, an International Congress on Tuberculosis will be held in Washington, D. C., September 21 to October 12, 1908. At this Congress all phases of the problem will be considered, a number of eminent specialists from abroad having signified their intention to participate in the deliberations.
Section VI will be devoted to the national, state, and municipal control of the disease, and it is urged that all public health officials atend its sessions, participate in the benefits to be derived from discussions of the governmental responsibilities and activities, and as a result be better prepared to assist in a systematic campaign against the disease throughout the country.
TESTS OF RAT VIRUS. By MARGARET HENDERSON, Assistant in the State Hygienic Laboratory. The experiments, the results of which are shown in table I, were undertaken to show the efficiency of the various brands of rat virus offered for sale in San Francisco, --Azoa, Parke, Davis & Co.; Ratite, Pasteur Vaccine Co., and Virus Danyz, Deutche Danyz-Virus-VertriebsGesellschaft, Berlin. The testing of a rat virus is not the simple matter that it seems at first thought. When a number of wild rats are kept in the same cage, the mortality from fighting and crowding is heavy. Furthermore, under such conditions, the equal distribution of dosage of the virus is uncertain. It was therefore necessary to keep the rats in individual rat-proof cages, the preparation of which in the number necessary was a matter of considerable trouble and expense.
The rats were obtained from the boards of health of Oakland and San Francisco, and were the ordinary gray or Norway, and black rats, caught by the city rat-catchers. They were put into individual cages on being brought to the laboratory, and were kept so, and fed on grain, for a period of two weeks, during which the 'mortality from the cage conditions, confinement and cold was very heavy. At the end of this time, when the survivors were supposedly more or less inured to captivity, feeding of the virus was begun. The food was in each case prepared according to the directions accompanying the virus. Oatmeal was used instead of bread wherever that was allowable. They were fed once at the beginning with the virus and then again on the eighth day, and at other times on grain. The rats.ate all of the virus that was offered them without hesitation. The checks were fed on grain alone throughout.
Danyz Virus Deutsche According to directions.
lon at 20°, on oatmeal. Pasteur Vaccine Co. 2 bottles Ratite on 2 Ratite.
pounds oatmeal. Pasteur Vaccine Co. 1 bottle (large) on 2 Ratite.
pounds oatmeal. Azoa (rat virus), Parke, 2 bottles Azoa, 2 pounds Davis Co. .09879.
oatmeal. Azoa (same as above) --- 3 bottles Azoa, 3 pounds
Of the checks fed only on grain, nine of the fifteen, or 60%, died in the thirty-five days during which they were kept under observation. Of those fed virus, in only one case was the death rate higher, and that was in the case of the Danyz virus, with its rate of 73% of deaths, in the thirty-five days.
All the rats that died were examined post mortem and various causes of death were found that were in no way related to the virus, such as tape-worm, abscesses in old wounds and the like. In the column headed, “Possibly dead of virus infection” are listed only those rats whose death was not obviously due to some of these other causes. Whenever the autopsy showed nothing, the death was attributed to the virus and the rat appears in this column. In no case did I observe the lesions that are supposed to be caused by the virus. Considering only these rats that did not obviously at least die of any other cause than virus infection, the highest rate of death is still that produced by the Danyz virus, 40% of the rats fed. This is 20% lower than the rate for the check rats.
As a result of these tests I am unable to recommend any of the preparations tested.
FOOD AND DRUG INSPECTION. The State Laboratory for the examination of foods and drugs is now established and equipped at the University of California, Berkeley. Samples have been received from several localities, chiefly from San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Alameda counties. These are being examined as rapidly as possible.
In connection with the work of the Laboratory the Secretary of the Board and the Director of the Laboratory are daily in receipt of a large number of inquiries relating to the proper labeling of foods and drugs under the new law. In order that all such matters should receive due and proper consideration, it was decided by the State Board of Health to appoint a committee on Food and Drug Inspection, consisting of the President of the Board, the Secretary, and the Director of the Laboratory. This committee meets at the Laboratory in Berkeley every two weeks for the purpose of discussing the various questions incidental to the food and drug inspection.
It is certainly gratifying to note, from the large variety of communications and their contents, the evident desire of the varied commercial interests to conform to the requirements of the law. The many different inquiries may be classed under several different heads, as stated herewith: A. The labeling of coal-tar colors allowed by the law.
By the terms of Regulation 14, adopted by the State Board of Health, coal-tar dyes which will be allowed are those permitted under the rulings of the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture. Those coloring matters are named and the circumstances under which they may be used are set forth in U. S. Food Inspection Decisions No. 76 and No. 77. These decisions may be had upon application to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D. C.
The coal-tar dyes allowed by law as designated in U. S. Food Inspection Decision 76, are given numbers, the numbers preceding the names referring to the number of the dye in question as listed in A. G. Green's edition of the Schultz-Julius Systematic Survey of Organic Coloring Matters, published in 1904. The list is as follows:
Ponceau. 3 R.
517. Erythrosin. Orange shade :
-85. Orange I. Yellow shade :
4. Naphthol Yellow S. Green shade :
435. Light green S. F. yellowish. Blue shade :
692. Indigo disulfoacid.
The general answer to the question relating to coal-tar dyes may be
1. No coal-tar dyes may be used in foods except those specifically
2. Although a coal-tar dye may be one there enumerated, it may not
3. Dealers using or selling dyes which do not conform to U. S. Food
4. Although complying in every respect with the requirements of
B. The labeling of drugs with particular reference to the percentage of
alcohol contained therein.
Section 6 of the drug act also answers another question submitted to
C. The labeling of drugs as to the contents of packers, etc., of certain
D. The labeling of “Soda Water" artificially colored with coal-tar
It must be remembered, however, that a coloring matter may not be
E. The relabeling of Foods and Drugs on hand previous to January
1, 1908. The use of stickers, etc. This point is covered by an extract from U. S. Food Inspection Decision No. 78, reading :-“Any person has a right to use a label which is not. false or deceptive in any particular, even though this result is arrived at through the use of stickers, erasures, or other suitable means. Attention is directed, however, to the fact that misleading and deceptive statements must be obliterated. In other words, it is not sufficient, in the opinion of the Board, that a deceptive statement should be allowed to remain in one portion of the label with a corrective statement in another portion of the label.”!
See also Regulation No. 16, adopted by the State Board of Health.
In this connection, it might be well to state that Regulation 17 of the California laws, “Name and Address of Manufacturer,” and U. S. Food Inspection Decision 46, “Fictitious Firm Names,” contain the following statements which answer other questions received along this line:
When a proper name, other than that of the manufacturer, is.' placed upon a label, it must not be used in the possessive. For instance,
BORDEAUX can only be properly used on an oil manufactured by Charles Gaston at Bordeaux. The same is true if the designation
BORDEAUX be employed.
On the other hand, the word “Gaston” might be used in an adjective sense, and not in the possessive case as qualifying the words “Olive Oil,” in a manner that would indicate that it represented a brand and not a manufacturer, as
GASTON OLIVE OIL.
OLIVE OIL, GASTON BRAND. In such case, however, neither the given name nor initial should be employed. The word “Gaston” should be in the same type as “Olive Oil” and in- equal prorninence, thus forming a part of the label.
The phrase "Olive Oil, Charles Gaston Brand,” may be used, in which case the name of the actual manufacturer should appear, in order that no false indication of the name of the person or firm manufacturing the product may be given.
F. The labeling of compounds, or mixtures of one food product with
another. This matter is partly covered by California Regulation 19, “Distinctive Name,” and by Regulation 26, “Mixtures or Compounds with Distinctive Names.”