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February 20, 1909

PRESERVATIVES AND PURE FOODS

JAMA. 1909;LII(8):641-642. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540340039009

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Abstract

The question as to whether the, use of benzoate of soda in particular, and chemical preservatives in general, is necessary in putting up food products has been answered in a most practical and unequivocal manner by the recent convention at New York City of the American Association for the promotion of Purity in Food Products. The object of this organization of manufacturers is to educate the public to the fact that chemical preservatives are absolutely unnecessary in the preparation of food products. In a resolution adopted by this association and sent to President Roosevelt, the following statements occur:

As practical manufacturers, we know that artificial preservatives of any kind are unnecessary to the successful commercial preparation of good, sound, raw materials, under proper sanitary conditions....

The use of artificial preservatives makes possible and invites the employment of inferior and waste materials often unfit for human consumption

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