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SALE OF UNWHOLESOME MEAT.

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me oencu requescea Mr L-ecu to wc Commissioners again so that tbe nuisance might be tbated.. SALE OF UNWHOLESOME MEAT. The Clerk I was not present at the last sessions, when I had intended to bring before your Worships' attention, a new Act of Parliament which gives your Worships. very stringent powers respecting the seizure of diseased and unwholesome meat. The Act is the 26 and 27 Yict. cap 117, which amends the Nuisance Removal Act for iingland, 1855. The second section says:—' The medical officer of health or inspector of nuisances may at all reasonable times inspect and examine any animal, carcase, meat, Poultry, game, flesh, fish, fruit, vegetables, corn, bread, or flour exposed for sale, or deposited in any place for the purpose of sale, or of preparation for sale, and intended for the food of man, the proof that the same was not exposed or deposited for such purpose or purposes, 'Or was not intended for the food of man resting with the party charged: and in case any such animal, &c., appear to him to be diseased, or unsound, or unwholesome, or Unfit for the food of man, it shall be lawful for such medical officer of health, or inspector of nuisances, to seize, take, and carry away the same, or direct the same to be seized, taken, and carried away by any officer, Servant, or assistant, in order to have the same dealt with by a justice; and if it shall appear to the justice that any Buch animal, or any of the said articles, is diseased, or Unsound, or unwholesome, or unfit for the food of man, he shall order the same to be destroyed, or so disposed of as to prevent such animal, or articles, from being exposed for sale or used for such food; and the person to whom such animal, &c., belongs, or did belong at the time of sale, or of exposure for sale, or in whose pos- session or on whose premises the same is found, shall, Upon conviction, be liable to a penalty not exceeding Twenty Pounds for every animal, carcase, or fish, or piece of meat, flesh, or fish, or any poultry or game, or for the parcel of fruit, vegetables, corn, bread, or flour so found, or at the discretion of the justice, without the infliction of a fine, to imprisonment in the Common Gaol or House of Correction for a term of not more than three calendar months.' This Act gives con- siderable power to the magistrates, and any person preventing the Medical Officer of Health or Inspector of Nuisances entering a slaughterhouse, where any animal, &c., or fish is kept for the purpose of sale, or of prepara- tion for sale, or obstructing or impeding him, his servant or assistant, shall be liable to d penalty not exceeding Five Pounds. Mr Goode: Then there is an Act relating to Bakers; it is necessary to appoint a person as Inspector under that act: should notice be given at Quarter Sessions ? The Clerk: I think the local authority means the Town Council. The Act relating to Bakehouses limits the hours of labour of persons under 18 years of age. It states: I No person under the age of eighteen years shall be employed in any bakehouse between the hours of nine of the clock at night and five of the clock in the morning. If any person is employed in coBtravention of this section, the occupier of the bakehouse in which he is employed shall incur the following penalties in respect of each person so employed; that is to say, for the first offence, a sum not exceeding Two Pounds; for a second offence, a sum not exceeding Five Pounds; and a third and every subsequent offence, a sum not exceeding One Pound for each day of the continuance of the employment in contravention of this act, so that no greater penalty be imposed than Ten Pounds.' As to s'eeping places near bakehouses, it states:—'No place on the same level with a Bakehouse situate in any City, Town, or Place containing according to the last census a population of more than Five Thousand Persons, and forming part of the same Building, shall be used as a sleeping place, unless it Is constructed as follows: that is to say, Unless It is effectually separated from the Bakehouse by a par- tition extending from the floor to the ceiling: Unless there be an external glazed window of at least Nine Superficial Feet in Area, of which at the least Four and a Half Superficial Feet are made to open for Ventilation: And Any Person who lets, occupies, or continues to let, or knowingly suffers to be occupied, any Place contrary to to this Act, shall be liable for the first offence to a penalty not exceeding Twenty Shillings, and for every subseqnent offence to a penalty not exceeding Five Pounds.' Mr Harford suggested that a printed caution should be issued, so that the public may be made acquainted with the law. The Mayor observed that the Press would no doubt take notice of it, and the purpose would be served just as well ■as if they Issued a printed notice.

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