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December 29, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(26):913. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400770013006

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Food Adulteration in Minnesota.  —The report of Dr. Drew, of Minneapolis, Chemist to the State Dairy Commission, just made public, shows that the adulteration of food in Minnesota has assummed alarming proportions. In his report Dr. Drew says that no evidence of adulteration was discovered in the samples of flour and bread examined. In baker's chemicals nearly all were adulterated. Of 29 samples of cream of tartar examined 17 were adulterated, and bicarbonate of soda was only half pure. In the baking powders commonly used, ingredients were found which were likely to lead to the impairment of health. The alum powders are declared to be cheaply made and contain large proportions of flour or starch. Twenty samples of teas were examined and three found to be adulterated. Only 3 out of 7 samples of ground coffee were found pure. Of 81 samples of spices 64 were adulterated and 17 were

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