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Upton Sinclair (1878—1968) American novelist and social reformer


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The addition of substances to foods etc. in order to increase the bulk and reduce the cost, with intent to defraud the purchaser. Common adulterants are starch in spices, water in milk and beer, etc. The British Food and Drugs Act (1860) was the first legislation to prevent such practices.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — Medicine and Health.

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