By David F. Smith
The matter of meals poisoning and food-borne infections is presently one in every of energetic debate, highlighted because the Eighties by means of a number of outbreaks and scares, related to salmonella in eggs, listeria in cheese, hyperlinks among vCJD and BSE, E. Coli 0157 in cooked meats, and foot and mouth sickness. but, as this publication indicates, a number of the concerns concerned have been very important as early as 1963/4, whilst there have been severe typhoid outbreaks in Harlow, South Shields, Bedford, and Aberdeen, traced to infected corned red meat imported from Argentina. dependent upon broad learn, utilizing information that have only in the near past turn into to be had, deepest papers, and interviews in addition to secondary literature, the publication analyses the process the outbreak and appears on the responses of politicians, officers, well-being execs, enterprise pursuits, the media and the general public. It additionally considers the tricky factor of weighing nutrients defense opposed to foreign exchange and different company and fiscal pursuits; conflicts among govt departments; contention among pros resembling medical professionals and veterinarians; the results upon and effect of sufferers and native groups; and the behavior of and responses to an reputable enquiry. total, it attracts out standard classes relating to foodstuff security! coverage making, including an historic point of view to modern debates.
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Compared to the highly publicised Croydon outbreak, it was a small affair which led to no policy response from the Ministry of Health. There were no similar incidents in the late 1950s to stimulate action. In England and Wales, as the annual notifications of typhoid hovered between 123 and 150, the CMO began to refer to the number of cases contracted through overseas travel. Such comments first appeared in the report for 1953, when Charles drew attention to cases occurring in late summer as a result of European holiday travel.
69 68 W. H. Bradley, ‘An epidemiological study of bact. typhosum D4’, BMJ, 1943, vol. 1, pp. 438–41. 69 RCMO 1939–45, pp. 38–40. 17 FOOD POISONING, POLICY AND POLITICS Jameson commented that for practical purposes the experience of the war served merely to emphasise what was already known, that: . . for infection to take place, excreta must be conveyed to some article of food either by the hands which have themselves been fouled . . or by sewage by its access to a water supply. 70 Jameson emphasised personal cleanliness to a greater extent than his predecessors, and during the war food hygiene messages were delivered to the public along with propaganda concerning rationing and nutrition.
50–1. 103 The figures were much the same for 1961, but the CMO, now George Godber, reminded readers of his annual report of the continuing threat from carriers. 105 This trend was dramatically illustrated in 1963 by the impact in Britain of the large water-borne outbreak in Zermatt, Switzerland. In England and Wales a total of sixty-nine cases of typhoid associated with Zermatt were confirmed bacteriologically, among whom there was one death. Sixty-eight people, all of whom had visited Zermatt, became sick within about a month from 21 February, with one secondary case occurring in April.
Food Poisoning, Policy and Politics : Corned Beef and Typhoid in Britain in the 1960s by David F. Smith