The Dark History of Food Fraud, From Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee

Book - 2008
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From the Publisher: Bad food has a history. Swindled tells it. Through a fascinating mixture of cultural and scientific history, food politics, and culinary detective work, Bee Wilson uncovers the many ways swindlers have cheapened, falsified, and even poisoned our food throughout history. In the hands of people and corporations who have prized profits above the health of consumers, food and drink have been tampered with in often horrifying ways-padded, diluted, contaminated, substituted, mislabeled, misnamed, or otherwise faked. Swindled gives a panoramic view of this history, from the leaded wine of the ancient Romans to today's food frauds-such as fake organics and the scandal of Chinese babies being fed bogus milk powder. Wilson pays special attention to nineteenth-and twentieth-century America and England and their roles in developing both industrial-scale food adulteration and the scientific ability to combat it. As Swindled reveals, modern science has both helped and hindered food fraudst
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780691138206
Branch Call Number: 363.1926 W6917S 2008
Characteristics: xiv, 384 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm


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Aug 12, 2012

More than just adulterated food, it's about the human condition and the basics of economy, and what we'll do to each other and ourselves if we think we can get away with it.

Jul 16, 2012

Quite an eye opener. A must read for anyone who cares about what they put into their body.
I was amazed at the terrible poisons used in the past and the sophistication and levels of deceit right now, in our times!


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