Punch,  30 (1856), 109.

Adulteration's Witness to Character





Adulteration, Analytical Chemistry, Quackery, Public Health

    Astonished by the testimony of analytical chemist Robert D Thomson, who told the Parliamentary Committee on the Adulteration of Food that adulterating bread with alum had beneficial effects and that it was 'impossible' to adulterate beer. Further shocked that the chemist thinks that articles such as beer 'are sold in so pure a state as not to be injurious to the public health'. Hopes Thomson 'was not examined upon oath'.

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