In France, in 1350, King John II established the first Sanitary Police and this has been considered the commencement of sanitary reform. The ordinance provided that hogs should not be kept in the cities; that streets should be cleansed, and the offal removed; that butchers should not sell meat more than two days old in winter, and one and a half in summer; and that fish should be sold the same day they were caught. Ever so gradually, cleanliness and hygiene returned as important factors in society.
- History Lesson. Humble Beginnings by Jerome Goddard.