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To the Editor:
—The preservative question, more especially regarding the influence on health of sodium benzoate, may be considered from a different point of view than that taken in your recent editorials. You state that the experiments of the referee board extended over a period of four months while those conducted in the Department of Agriculture extended over nearly a year. The facts are that the department subjects each received 35 grams or less of benzoic acid or sodium benzoate during twenty days and in a supplementary study 12.5 grams during ten days; while the subjects of the referee board each received about 125 grams of sodium benzoate during ninety days. Furthermore, the results in the two series are in substantial agreement. I clearly pointed out, before the report of the referee board was announced (Medical Record, Jan. 2, 1909, p. 16), the evidence presented in Bulletin 84, Part IV,
Smith EE. Benzoate of Soda in Foods. JAMA. 1909;LII(11):905. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540370063015
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