• Public Analysts’ Reports – Then and Now

    For many years it was a requirement that Public Analysts made a quarterly report to local councillors. The illustration, reproduced courtesy of the West Yorkshire Archive Service, is an extract from the minute book of the Leeds Sanitary Committee and shows the samples analysed by Thomas Fairley, Leeds first Public Analyst, in the quarter ending 31st December 1873. Mr Fairley commented that “The sample of bread was of inferior quality, but no proofs of adulteration were found” and “Three of the samples of tea were tolerably good, the other contained about three percent of impurity” On the 22nd of March Duncan Campbell, Thomas Fairley’s successor as Public Analyst for Leeds (and the other Districts in West Yorkshire), presented his last report to the West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee

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