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MICHIGAN DAIRY AND FOOD) DEPARTMENT.
COLON C. LILLIE
.Commissioner . Deputy Commissioner
State Analyst Assistant Chemist .Chief Clerk
.Clerk .Clerk .Clerk . . Clerk ...Clerk ...Clerk
.Clerk Regular Inspector Regular Inspector Regular Inspector Regular Inspector Regular Inspector Regular Inspector Regular Inspector Regular Inspector .Special Inspector Special Inspector . Special Inspector ..Special Inspector . Special Inspector . Special Inspector
Special Inspector Messenger and Janitor
LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
To the Governor:
I have the honor to report to you the work of the State Dairy and Food Department for the year ending June 30, 1910. The work for the first eleven months of the year was performed under the supervision of my able and worthy predecessor, the late Hon. Arthur C. Bird, and while familiar with the work of the Department, having been Deputy Commissioner, it is not probable that I will be able to give as clear and concise a report as Mr. Bird could have done. As Dairy and Food Commissioner, Mr. Bird had original and comprehensive views of the work of the department, and the great development and effectiveness of this department, which has taken place in the past six years during your administration, is an enduring monument for all time, to the executive ability and untiring energy of Arthur Bird. In him the consumer always had a friend. He was invariably on the consumer's side of the question, and in many important legal battles which he fought, his sole object was to compel the manufacturer to sell his products for what they really were. As instances, see the Armour Sausage Case and the Pratt Stock Food case. Not only that, but he always stood out boldly against preservatives in food. His contention being, that food products could be placed before the consumer without the use of preservatives and with State Analyst Robison and Dr. Wiley, he maintained that the use of Benzoate of Soda, and other chemical preservatives in the preparation of food products, is unnecessary, and from the standpoint of health, questionable at least.
Mr. Bird's ability to organize and direct was recognized by all who knew him and I am pleased to report to you, that when I received my Commission from you, on June 2nd, and assumed charge of the department, I found a great State Department, with all its different branches working in perfect harmony. The finances of the department were correct to a cent and the books balanced exactly. His commanding view of the work of all the different branches of the department enabled his assistants to give their best efforts to their individual work, all of which has resulted in the uplifting, development and efficiency of the department, and makes Michigan's Dairy and Food Department the peer of any of its kind in the country. The Dairy and Food interests of the State lost a valuable friend in the death of Arthur C. Bird.
During the year ending July 1st, 1910, 8,435 dealers in food products were visited by our inspectors and 1,946 samples of food products were