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Health posters: pasteurised milk (1st of 3)

Health posters: pasteurised milk

The potential threat to public health from raw milk was a concern for the Department of Health. Unpasteurised milk (milk which had not been heat-treated) was associated with a number of diseases, including typhoid, scarlet fever and diphtheria. This poster was published in the 1940s. In 1953 the department banned the sale of raw milk.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-D-HEALTH-1940s-01

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Public health - Healthy bodies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/31371/health-posters-pasteurised-milk (accessed 30 September 2020)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Jul 2019 with assistance from Richard Edwards