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April 25, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(17):1274-1275. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660430032016

During the World War, when various phobias were receiving undue attention, charges were made of wholesale attempts to poison the citizens of the warring nations through the sale of cooking utensils that contained in their linings chemicals of a fearsome and poisonous nature, or that readily disintegrated, yielding sharp chips likely to interfere seriously with the contiguity of the walls of the stomach and intestine. Investigations made at that time showed that the latter charges were founded on slight evidence and that there was little warrant for the belief that chips from enamel occurred in food in any considerable amounts.

Recently the ministry of health of Great Britain has issued a publication 1 that provides definite evidence relative to the question of the solubility of poisonous ingredients used in making glazed and enameled cooking utensils. The investigations were directed by Dr. G. W. Monier-Williams, chemist in the foods division of