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69 > Image 69 of Annual report. 1916

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

56 T1ve2zty-mtntlt Almzlzml Report of the, FOOD AND DRUGS BY J. O. LixB.xo11, Acting Head As Acting Head, 1 hereby submit a report of the work of the Food and Drug Department of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station, from December 1, 1915, to December 31, 1916, inclusive. During the period from December 1, 1915, to April 1, 1916, the regular oiiieial work of iield inspection and collection of samples for chemical and bacteriological examination practically ceased because of the decision handed down by the Kentucky Court of Appeals, that the Kentucky Food and Drugs Act of March 13, 1908, was unconstitutional as to that part of the act authorizing funds to carry out the various provisions relating to adulteration, misbranding and sanitation of foods and drugs. The appropriation clause was the only part of the act ruled upon by the court, and the provisions as to adulteration and mis- branding remained unaffected. On March 23, 1916, the Governor of Kentucky duly approved an appropriation to carry on the work contemplated by the Food and Drugs Act of March 13, 1908. Since then the routine work of field inspection and the collection and examination of samples of food and drug products have been resumed. A very important act, particularly applying to food sanitation, was passed by thc legislature of 1916, approved by the Governor, and became ef- fective in June, 1916. During the short time that this act has been put into operation by the Food and Drug Department, it has already shown very substantial benefit in improving the sani- tary conditions involved in the manufacture, distribution, storagf. sale, health of employees, and various other phases of the sani- tation of foods and drugs, particularly as to the methods of