|Description:||This historic photograph depicted a classroom full of young children who were drinking milk while seated in a schoolroom. The 1922 setting was the Ward School in Jackson, Minnesota. In the early twentieth century, public health practitioners emphasized the importance of unadulterated milk supplies to lowering infant mortality, and to ensuring proper growth in children.|
This was one of a series of instructional images used by the Minnesota Board of Health used to train the state’s public health workers. The purpose of these images and the training was focused on protecting food supplies from bacterial contamination.
Many people do not think about food safety until a food-related illness affects them or a family member. While the food supply in the United States in 2005 was deemed one of the safest in the world, CDC estimates that 76 million people get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 Americans die each year from food-borne illness. Preventing food-borne illness and death remains a major public health challenge. The description also stated that the image was labeled as File plate no. 120.