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73 > Image 73 of Annual report. 1916

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

60 Trweatya1`nth Annual Report of the Owing to the war in Europe and other causes, and the re Sl sulting scarcity of many food and drug products, prices have P increased enormously on many products; consequently the mar- A ket is being flooded with worthless mixtures that require con- S? stant attention to prevent the consumers of the State from being ll grossly dcfrauded. The high price of food and drug eommodi- tl tics is a constant stimulus to the unscrupulous to defraud the T at public by the practice of short weight or measure a11d by the St substitution of worthless or inferior products. H The drug laboratory under the charge of Dr. L. A. Brown, in T addition to the regular work of analysis of drugs, has done a in - large amount of miscellaneous analytical work on unofticial sam- H] ples, checking up new methods of analysis and so on, and also 01 has done most of the toxicological work in suspected poison ul cases. m In September, ltllfi, the new edition of the United States Pharmacopoeia and the National Formulary became the stand- fc ard recognized by law. The United States Pharmacopoeia and to the National Formulary are revised and issued every ten years. in and are the legal stzindard of the Federal Government, as well bl as of most of the States, for such drugs and preparations as are an recognized therein. The new issues will bring with them many ul problems affecting the drug work that cannot be forecast, in- volving new methods of analysis, new standards of strength and purity, changes in formulae and new methods of preparation of official drugs. ("onsiderable work is anticipated in assisting manufacturers, jobbers, druggists and others in complying with the law in reference to such changes as have been made from the previous editions. The baeteriological laboratory, under the charge of Dr. VV. R. Pinnell, not only docs the routine bactcriological examina- tion of food products, such as milk, beverages, canned goods (swells and springers), sources and examination of water sup- ply used in process of manufacture of foodstuffs, but also has referred to it cases of poisoning probably due to insanitation or carelessness in handling or storing perishable food products In the main it handles such problems of food supply as ai?