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TO REGULATE THE IMPORTATION OF MILK AND CREAM

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

UNITED STATES SENATE

SIXTY-NINTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

S. 4126

A BILL TO REGULATE THE IMPORTATION OF MILK AND
CREAM INTO THE UNITED STATES FOR THE PUR-
POSE OF PROMOTING THE DAIRY INDUSTRY
OF THE UNITED STATES AND PRO-

TECTING THE PUBLIC HEALTH

MAY 11, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22, AND 25, 1926

Printed for the use of the Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

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COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

GEORGE W. NORRIS, Nebraska, Chairman CHARLES L. McNARY, Oregon.

ELLISON D. SMITH, South Carolina. ARTHUR CAPPER, Kansas.

JOSEPH E. RANSDELL, Louisiana. HENRY W. KEYES, New Hampshire

JOHN B. KENDRICK, Wyoming. FRANK R. GOODING, Idaho.

J. THOMAS HEFLIN, Alabama. PETER NORBECK, South Dakota.

THADDEUS H. CARAWAY, Arkansas. J. W. HARRELD, Oklahoma.

WOODBRIDGE N. FERRIS, Michigan. CHARLES S. DENEEN, Illinois.

EARLE B. MAYFIELD, Texas. FREDERIC M. SACKETT, Kentucky.

MABELLE J. TALBERT, Clerk

CONTENTS

Statement of

Batchelder, Roy E--
Branson, Wesley H.
Copeland, Senator Royal S.
Fitts, George R----
Frayer, James M.
Fuller, Bradley
Grant, Theodore P.
Haskell, Weston B.
Holman, Charles W.
Lenroot, Senator Irvine L.
McDonough, William F-
Osgood, C. P--
Parker, Cornelius A
Regan, J. J..
Scott, D'Arcy
Shafer, D. R---
Stephen, W. F..
Taber, Hon. John.
Tyler, G. M.

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TO REGULATE THE IMPORTATION OF MILK AND CREAM

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 1926

a. m.?

in room

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY,

Washington, D.O. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10.30 o'clock 326, Senate Office Building, Senator George W. Norris presiding.

Present: Senators Norris (chairman), Gooding, Norbeck, Deneen, Sackett, Ransdell, Caraway, Ferris, and'Mayfield.

Present also: Senator Lenroot, of Wisconsin, and Senator Copeland, of New York; also Representative Taber, of New York.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will be in order. The committee was called together this morning for hearings on Senate bill 4126 to regulate the importation of milk and cream in the United States, for the purpose of promoting the dairy industry of the United States, and protecting the public health.

I will ask to have the bill put in the record at this point. (The bill referred to is here printed in full, as follows:)

[S. 4126, Sixty-ninth Congress, first session ]

A BILL To regulate the importation of milk and cream into the United States for the

purpose of promoting the dairy industry of the United States and protecting the public health

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That on and after the date on which this Act takes effect the importation into the United States of milk and cream is prohibited unless the person by whom such milk or cream is shipped holds a valid permit from the Secretary of Agriculture.

SEC. 2. Milk or cream shall be considered unfit for importation (1) when all cows producing such milk or cream are not healthy and a physical examination of all such cows has not been made within one year previous to such milk being offered for importation; (2) when such milk or cream, if raw, is not produced from cows which have passed a tuberculin test applied by a duly authorized official veterinarian of the United States, or of the country in which such milk or cream is produced, within one year previous to the time of the importation, showing that such cows are free from tuberculosis; (3) when the sanitary conditions of the dairy farm or plant in which such milk or cream is produced or handled do not score at least seventy points out of one hundred points according to the methods for scoring as provided by the score cards used by the Bureau of Dairy Industry of the United States Department of Agriculture at the time such dairy farms or plants are scored; (4) in the case of raw milk if the number of bacteria per cubic centimeter exceed two hundred thousand and in the case of raw cream seven hundred and fifty thousand, in the case of pasteurized milk if the number of bacteria per cubic .lentimer exceed one hundred thousand, and in the case of pasteurized cream five hundred thousand; (5) when the temperature of milk or cream at the time of importation exceeds fifty degrees Fahrenheit.

SEC. 3. The Secretary of Agriculture shall cause such inspections to be made as are necessary to insure that milk and cream are so produced and handled as to comply with the provisions of section 2 of this Act, and in all cases when he finds that such milk and/or cream is produced and handled so as not to be

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