Punch,  35 (1858), 214.

The Plague of Non-Adulteration



Song, Drollery


Adulteration, Nutrition, Disease, Commerce, Health, Pharmaceuticals

    Laments the range of products that tradesmen now adulterate, while the chorus chimes in with the complaint that 'we all look so glum' thanks to 'the Plague of Adulteration'. Goes on to give some specific examples of how foods and drinks are made from unwholesome substances, such as butter from 'pig's lard mixed with fat', and concludes by reaffirming that 'Nought's sold but Adulteration' and claiming that owing to the adulteration of drugs, 'every chemist's now a thief'.

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