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Plenty and Want, 3rd Edition by John Burnett, Proffessor John Burnett

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The quality of food

 

 

Food adulteration in the 1850s

In spite of the startling disclosures of the extent and seriousness of adulteration which had been made earlier in the century by Accum, Mitchell, Normandy, and other reliable observers, neither Parliament nor the nation was yet convinced that the problem was sufficient to warrant intervention by the state. Before 1850 it was still possible to have legitimate doubts – to believe that adulteration was not universal, but restricted to certain towns or, indeed, to certain parts of towns; that ...

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