Milk sampling is of little use unless some standard is fixed to which all ungraded milks might be expected to attain, this being essential for the comparison of results. The absence of such standards, other than those provided by the Milk (Special Designations) Order, is to be deplored, and it is essential that some limit should be fixed beyond which samples must be considered unsatisfactory. Authorities have therefore to exercise their own judgment in the matter. That no producer can at present be compelled to attain an unofficial standard is not so great a drawback as might at first be thought. Dirty milk means wrong methods, and any producer, given the necessary educational assistance, can, if he wishes, produce milk which will maintain a suitable standard. Unsatisfactory results mean neglect, and the remedy for consistent neglect is the use of the legislation provided. In other words, although action cannot be taken upon unsatisfactory bacteriological results per se, the root causes of the contamination as shown by the analyses can be dealt with through orthodox channels.
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