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Pasteurised milk poster, 1940s

Pasteurised milk poster, 1940s

Milk was pasteurised (heat treated) from the 1940s, a process that kills bacteria that can cause food poisoning and make milk deteriorate or 'go off'. This Department of Health poster highlights the virtues of pasteurised milk. More milk was drunk by New Zealanders after pasteurisation was introduced.

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

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Courtesy of Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora

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David Burton, 'Food - Dairy products', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2023)

Story by David Burton, published 5 Sep 2013