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June 9, 1900

FORMALDEHYDE AND MILK

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(23):1496. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460230052015

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Abstract

At a late meeting of the Chicago Medical Society the subject of infant feeding was the order of the evening, and the discussion developed some interesting points. Dr. A. R. Reynolds, health commissioner of the city, took strong grounds against the use of formaldehyde in milk, a custom which he thought was becoming general and productive of evil. The subject of dangerous food adulteration is one of the most practical and important with which we have to deal and the more universally used the food the greater its importance. Milk adulteration, therefore, takes first rank as a sanitary question, and while harmless adulterations such as water are often flippantly alluded to, one can not but be serious when there is even a suspicion that the fraud is not merely a financial one, but one that threatens life and health. Of late it is said that under such names as "freezine,"

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