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MICHIGAN DAIRY AND FOOD DEPARTMENT.

A. W. SMITH.....
PERLEY C. HEALD.
R. E. DOOLITTLE...
L. H. VAN WORMER.
JOHN R. BENNETT.
FRANK H. GREGORY.
JOHN MCMAHON.
GILMAN M. DAME.
JAMES R. McCALL...
RUDOLPH J. HAAS.
LOUIS A. C. WAGNER..
JOSEPH SCHNITZER.
W. Z. HUTCHINSON..

.Commissioner Deputy Commissioner ...State Analyst

Assistant State Analyst

.. Inspector ...Inspector . Inspector .Inspector

Dairy Inspector
Inspector

. Inspector .. Inspector .Apiary Inspector

LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.

OFFICE OF DAIRY AND FOOD COMMISSIONER,

Lansing, Michigan, June 30, 1904.

TO HIS EXCELLENCY, AARON T. BLISS, Governor of Michigan:

In compliance with the law, I have the honor to submit my report as Dairy and Food Commissioner of the State of Michigan for the year ending June 30, 1904. In this report will be found the resume in detail of the work done in the enforcement of the dairy and food laws, covering all the different branches of the work done by the Dairy and Food Inspectors, the Inspector of Apiaries, the State Analyst and Assistant, and also the financial statement and record of prosecutions and a detailed report of the work associated with the different branches of this department.

It has been my endeavor in the short time that I have been Commissioner of this department to enforce the laws and carry out the police duties in all cases in a fair and impartial manner. It has been my policy to hold the jobber and manufacturer responsible for violations of the food laws and not to prosecute or hold the retailer responsible when there was a reasonable doubt as to his intentional guilt. In cases where the manufacturers or jobbers lived outside of the State and could not be reached by our laws, the department has found that a demand for the strict compliance of the law, with a notice that unless such compliance was adhered to that all such goods that did not comply with our laws shipped into the State would be condemned and the sale prohibited, has in nearly all instances met with a hearty response from the outside manufacturers and jobbers, who have shown a willingness to take up all such goods that did not comply with the law and replace them with goods. that were up to the requirements. I have ever kept in view the fact that the greatest good achieved in the enforcement of the pure food laws is in keeping out and ridding the markets in this State of goods that were adulterated or not up to the requirements of the law, rather than a general prosecution of dealers who in many cases were free from any intent of violating the law. This conservative policy has produced much better results, as it has given the honest dealers of the State to understand that the object of the pure food laws is to protect them and the people from impositions, and not for prosecutions or the collection of fines and penalties. The jobbers and manufacturers of this State have appreciated the protection that has been given them in compelling the jobbers and manufacturers of other states in all instances to live up to the requirements

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