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June 18, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(25):684-685. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391500012006

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A recent issue of the New York World contained a list of adulterants found in articles of food and drink, which is instructive reading to the public generally, and to sanitarians particularly. It is of interest to every dweller in a civilized community, and of quite as much importance to this country as its commerce, the improvements of its rivers and harbors, or any questions of coast defense. On reading the list one is amazed at the ingenuity and dishonesty of civilized, Christian man. The majority of our foods and condiments, of our articles of drink, are so adulterated that it may now well be said: he is a wise man who knows what he is eating. It has not been very long since we commented on this subject—but so long as the evil exists it is of importance that repeated attention be called to it. Below we give the

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