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Reference number: 1344

Date: 1938c

Director: d. Alan Harper

Sponsor: Glasgow Corporation Public Health Department

Production company: Campbell Harper Films Ltd.

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 14 mins

Description: The transport, pasteurisation and testing of milk for public consumption.

Part of hire stock of former Public Health Department, Glasgow Corporation.

Shotlist: Credits (.16); Milk is the most nearly perfect food (.21); Graphics (.34); Essential for the very young, milk is of great importance to all ages (.47); Milk is a necessity - there is no substitute. Plus long introduction and graphics (1.37); Pasteurisation does not make bad milk good but good milk better. (1.45); Healthy cows and modern hygienic byres lay the foundation for clean milk production. Shots of cows grazing (2.08); Shot inside milking shed (2.11); No time is lost in transporting the milk to the city depot. Milk churns unloaded from lorry, taken into depot and emptied into tanks (2.55); A sample is taken to test for acidity. Boy takes sample bottles it, lab. technician performs test (4.15); At a single depot milk may be received from 50, 60, or more different farms. General views delivery of milk urns and weighing of tanks (4.48); From the weighing machine the milk is conveyed to the pasteurising plant. Shots of pipes, etc. (5.06); Here the milk is heated to 147 degrees F. General views of machinery and conveying of milk into "holder". General views of processes (6.28); Permanent records are made of each phase of the process. Man looks at dials (6.44); This simple system is known pasteurisation, etc. Determining the butter fat percentage contained in each supply of milk (7.06); Woman conducts lab. tests on samples (8.22); The imperative function of laboratory control is to minimise or completely eradicate the possibility of milk carrying disease. General views of lab. tests (9.50); The milk bottles are being prepared by washing and sterilisation. General views of bottling plant as bottles go through washing machines and to carousel where they are filled and capped. General views of production line. Immediately after bottling the milk is conveyed to cold storage to await distribution. Shots of crates being loaded into store (12.12); The possibility of infection being carried by milk is too real to be ignored. Pasteurisation completely removes the danger and makes milk safe (12.31); The End (12.38).