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BE YOUR OWN FOOD INSPECTOR '
'Mrs. Chicago Housewife Can Easily Detect Adulterated Foods
by Following Dr. Wiley's Suggestions.
1 By Dr. Harvey W. Wiley.
With a little practice the house
wife may be able to detect, with
considerable accuracy, some of
the grosser forms of adulteration
which are practiced.
c Attention has already been
called to the extensive adultera
tion of he coffee bean, -secured
by moulding pasty matters,
usually of some cereal or ground
up preparation, stuck together
with molasses or other agglutin
ating material in the shape of the
It was perfectly possible to
place 15, 20 and even 30 per cent
of these imitation coffee beans in
jcoffee without detection simply
'"because the ordinary purchaser
'does not examine coffee with this
'purpose in view. The simplest
examination, however, easily de
tects gross adulterations of this
kind. Coffee has now again.,
reached a high price. Housekeep
ers should be on the lookout.
A simple microscope is avail
able for, almost any household
and the examination of almost
any genuine ground coffee com-.,
pared with ground coffee sus
pected of adulteration will en
able the adulteration to be detect-
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f Miss Alberta Read of the U. S. Bureau of Chemistry, at work
!in her laboratory. She has found that one can detect the presence of
''tale in tea by placing a sample on a piece of black paper and looking
at it through her microsbope. 'To detect material added to lea to in
crease the weight she places the sample on white paper.