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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 27, 1999


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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999American Medical Association

JAMA. 1999;282(16):1502L. doi:10.1001/jama.282.16.1502L-JJY90034-2-1

The Washington correspondent of an eastern paper, the Brooklyn Eagle, states that the chemists of the Department of Agriculture have of late been giving attention to the numerous breakfast foods that are being so actively pushed before the purchasing public. Samples were obtained of the advertised brands and repeated analyses made, with the result, the correspondent states, "that the official report, which will be issued before long, will show that the makers of these preparations have been so enterprising in advertising their wares as to forget to stick closely to facts." While the analyses proved that there was practically no adulteration, they found that there was no discoverable relation between quality and prices. Some of these preparations are sold at four or five times the cost of the others of the same constitution and equal merit. . . . It is well in these days of food and diet fads to keep in mind the commercial reasons for the existence of the numerous preparations advertised as "health foods," etc. The forthcoming report of Dr. Wiley will be of interest to medical men who are so often consulted in regard to these articles.