On this date in 1859, Massachusetts established the first state milk inspection program. An inspector of milk was appointed in August that year, operating from Boston, and whose primary efforts were to suppress so-called “swill milk,” the poor, thin output of cows kept in unsanitary conditions and fed on distillery refuse. Every year, Americans consume an average of over 600 pounds of all manner of dairy products, including frozen treats. When “per capita” means upwards of 315 million consumers, it means the output of the nation’s nearly 1,200 dairy manufacturers ship over $22 billion worth of product annually.
Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts, 850