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The 19th-century value chain in dairying: from milk pail to breakfast table

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  • Ingrid Henriksen

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"One of the crucial innovations in 19th dairying was the steam-driven cream-separator . It allowed milk to be skimmed immediately after it had been transported – an important feature in countries with many small or medium-sized dairy farms. The flipside of the coin was that modern dairies became a hotbed for the spread of microbes, among them tuberculosis bacteria that could infect humans with the disease. The paper demonstrates how Danish dairies while pursuing their interest in hitting the exact taste of British consumers inadvertently saved the same consumers from contaminated dairy products. Private grocers as well as state subsidized research and extension services played an important role in the story"

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  • Ingrid Henriksen, 2013. "The 19th-century value chain in dairying: from milk pail to breakfast table," Working Papers 13014, Economic History Society.
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