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IF YOUR GROCER DOESNT 'SELL YOUkS, FRESH
FOOD, GET A NEW GROCER, SAYS DR. WILEY
By Dr. H. W. Wiley.
It is all well enough to de
scribe food adulteration and tell
about the gasy methods for its de
tection and to mention instances
of gross misbranding. But if
these things are mentioned only
in an academic way they may
serve to interest but not to pro
tect. The practical point is how
and where can the. housewife pro
cure pure food, true to the name?
First of all the housekeeper
must depend upon her grocer.
Grocers are sometimes abused
and maligned, but it is doubtless
true that they are as honest as the
members of any other profession
Most of them are reliable and.it is
only the few who are dishonest.
Let the housewife, study the char
acter of her groder carefully. If
he is not what he should be she
can easily find someone who is.
But it is not always necessary
to change your grocer if he is
found to be selling an adulterated
article. He may be ignoraat of it
himself and a word or a hint from
the housewife may set him
straight. In fact it may be said
that every grocer who wishes to
) succeed in business, and, I sup
pose that every one does, seeks to
minister to the desires of his cus
tomers and if they demand pure,
wholesome and first-class food he
is very apt to give it to them.
On the other hand, many groc
ers sell adulterated, low grade
want that kind of goods. An ef
fort should be made to seggregate
the bad business, in the hands of
one set of grocers, from the good
business in the hands of another.
The housewife, then, has an easy
method of making her choice. If
a grocer persists in selling her
bad articles there is only one
course left for her to pursue an4
that is to withdraw her custom.
In the second place the house
wife should carefully study the
problem of pure food. If she
."buys fish she should ask the deal
er how fresh it is, how long "he
has had it, if ityhas been frQzen
and if this is the first time it has
been exposed for sale. She should
study its eyes and mouth to see
if it is a freshly caught fish, or
whether it has been frozen for
one or more summers. A few in
quiries of this kind and an in
spection of the condition of the
fish will warn the dealer that he
need not offer any but the fresh
article to that customer.
The housewife should also
study carefully into the grosser
forms of adulteration and decep
tion which are practiced in the so
called' "package goods." They
are apt to be too old. They are
often mouldy and should always
have careful inspection. . The
grocer should be asked when they
were packed and if they contain
all the articles called for.
I Package; goods are often put up
wnto sizes to simulate, certain,
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