The Common Drinking Cup

In New York City a compilation of state laws relative to the common drinking cup and to sanitation standards required by state, has been prepared for interested health officials.

The book (128 pages)  shows that 45 states have outlawed the common drinking cup, and most require either single-service paper containers or prescribe the exact means of sterilizing glasses and silverware at public eating and drinking places.

Georgia, Tennessee and Nevada do not bar the common drinking cup.

The compilation discloses some amusing inconsistencies in state laws. Massachusetts has a law forbidding the common drinking cup, but the regulation does not apply to the common cup used in recommendations for the sterilization of glasses and eating articles.

A Wisconsin city ordinance stipulates that boiling water used for rinsing soiled eating and drinking utensils “shall at no time fall below 170 degrees Fahrenheit.” But who (else) doesn’t know that the ordinary boiling point for water is 212 degrees?

Honorable mention if not first prize probably should go to a South Dakota regulation which prohibits the serving of meals in a poolroom bot properly partitioned. But most school-children nowadays know that a partition would afford no barrier to germs since they generally are transmitted through discharges of the mouth and nose.

Still another “boner” is a New York City ordinance which forbids the use of the common drinking cup everywhere “except in hospitals for the insane,” but no explanation is made of why mouth secretions of the mentally sick are more acceptable than those of the physically unfit.