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Milk Inspection

April 6, 2014

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Profile America — Sunday, April 6th. On this date in 1859, Massachusetts established the first state milk inspection program. An inspector of milk was appointed in August that year, operating from Boston, and whose primary efforts were to suppress so-called "swill milk," the poor, thin output of cows kept in unsanitary conditions and fed on distillery refuse. Every year, Americans consume an average of over 600 pounds of all manner of dairy products, including frozen treats. When "per capita" means upwards of 315 million consumers, it means the output of the nation's nearly 1,200 dairy manufacturers ship over $22 billion worth of product annually. You can find more statistics on communities across the country by downloading the Census Bureau's "dwellr" mobile application at <www.census.gov/mobile>.

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 850
http://books.google.com/books?id=qAe7eeLM6LUC&pg=PA184&lpg=PA184&dq=Massachusetts+state+milk+inspection+1859&source=bl&ots=8UPuGda1l9&sig=rJjWL-i1cAB2Arx7wPyCyOxtUYw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=i-NBUanyM-fE4APA6YGADQ&ved=0CEoQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=Massachusetts%20state%20milk%20inspection%201859&f=false
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2007_US_31SG1&prodType=table
http://www.ers.usda.gov/datafiles/Dairy_Data/pcconsp_1_.xls
http://www.neha.org/pdf/articles/Brief_History_of_the_Sanitarian.pdf


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: March 21, 2014