Punch,  21 (1851), 196.

A Chemical Preventive Force Wanted



News-Commentary, Drollery


Adulteration, Nutrition, Public Health, Analytical Chemistry

Institutions mentioned:

Lancet—Analytical Sanitary Commission

Publications cited:

Liverpool Journal

    Reports that the Lancet's exposure of the 'horrid adulterations of tea' has prompted a decline in tea-drinking and the 'totality of teetotalism'. Wishes the government could have provided against' this 'state of things' and argues that adulteration could be checked by hiring 'a Chemical Officer, to be employed [by custom houses] as a Preventive against that sort of smuggling by which our foods and medicines are poisoned and polluted'.

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