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November 19, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(21):1793-1795. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690210059022

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Adulteration of Food  Remarkable disclosures concerning adulteration of food are given in a ministry of health report. Out of 120,617 samples analyzed, no fewer than 7,044 were not up to the required standard. Discoveries made by the analysts included sand in flour, wood splinters in sweets, iron filings in tea, talc in rice and foreign fats in butter. Sponge cakes contained boric acid, and traces of this preservative were also in ice cream, meat, pie, fish paste, potted shrimps and sausages. Eight grains of iron filings to the pound and 12 per cent of dust were found in one lot of tea, while in another sample the tea dust contained 8 per cent of mineral matter. When a purchaser complained of gritty bread, it was found to contain 0.12 per cent of sand. Custard powders were adulterated with acid dyes. One case was reported of the use in chocolate rock

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