Daily Mirror - Wednesday 24 February 1937
MASKED MEN KEEP YOUR MILK PURE
BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
CUCKFIELD cows, as placid a set of matrons as are to be found in all Sussex, are about to receive the shock of their lives.
By a decision of the rural council all milkers are in future to wear masks when they approach herds. Three hundred masks are to be distributed free among local milk producers, and it is hoped that the milkers, as well as the cows, will take kindly to them.
" We hope in this way to prevent any outbreaks of scarlet fever," Dr. W. B. Scott, medical officer for Cuckfield, told me. "Infection is often spread both by men breathing on the milk and from their hands.
" The masks will be the ordinary kind used by surgeons and nurses during operations. They are easily washed and sterilised."
Sussex dairymaids are waiting to see what .the masks are like before venturing an opinion; but it seems rather hard cheese for the cows.