Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee

Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee

Bee Wilson


Bad nutrition has a historical past. Swindled tells it. via a desirable mix of cultural and clinical heritage, nutrients politics, and culinary detective paintings, Bee Wilson uncovers the numerous methods swindlers have cheapened, falsified, or even poisoned our foodstuff all through heritage. within the arms of individuals and firms who've prized gains above the wellbeing and fitness of shoppers, food and drinks were tampered with in usually scary ways--padded, diluted, infected, substituted, mislabeled, misnamed, or in a different way faked. Swindled provides a wide ranging view of this heritage, from the leaded wine of the traditional Romans to ultra-modern nutrients frauds--such as pretend organics and the scandal of chinese language infants being fed bogus milk powder.

Wilson can pay specific awareness to 19th- and twentieth-century the USA and England and their roles in constructing either industrial-scale meals adulteration and the medical skill to wrestle it. As Swindled unearths, sleek technological know-how has either helped and hindered foodstuff fraudsters--increasing the sophistication of scams but additionally the capacity to discover them. the massive step forward got here in Victorian England whilst a scientist first placed nutrition less than the microscope and located that a lot of what used to be bought as "genuine espresso" was once something but--and that you simply could not purchase natural mustard in all of London.

Arguing that industrialization, laissez-faire politics, and globalization have all damage the standard of foodstuff, but additionally that nutrients swindlers have consistently been helped via patron lack of knowledge, Swindled finally demands either governments and members to be extra vigilant. in reality, Wilson indicates, one in every of our greatest protections is just to reeducate ourselves concerning the joys of nutrients and cooking.

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