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34 > Image 34 of Annual report. 1910

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

*1. I , 14 Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station benzoate of soda in foods. The Board reports, `as a re- sult of three extensive and exhaustive investigations, that benzoate of soda mixed with food is not deleterious or poisonous and is not injurious to health. (Italics added.) The summary of the report of the Referee . Board is published herewith. ' It having been determined that jbenzoate of soda mixed with food is not deleterious or poisonous and is not injurious to health, (italics added) no objection will be raised under the Food and Drugs Act to the use in food of benzoate of soda, provided that each container or package of such food is plainly labeled to show the presence and amount of benzoate of soda. ` Food Inspection Decisions 76 and 89 are amended j . accordingly." This regulation, as you will observe, opens the door again to benzoate of soda, in unrestricted amount in all foods, and, unless a policy of discrimination is adopted by the Federal Government, it will open the door to the use of the other anti septics, such as boracic acid and formaldehyde. For, if present inability to detect the little traces of injury which minimum amounts of these antiseptics may make in the digestive tract of a healthy subject, during a period of a few.months, is to be made the sole test, then boracic acid, formaldehyde, salicylic acid and other antiseptics will come back into the foods to an even greater extent than before the passage of the food laws. The three Secretaries based their decision upon report of a Referee Board of scientists, which report is summarized by that Board into general conclusions as follows: "FirstSodium benzoate in small doses (under 0.5 gram per day) mixed with the food is without de- leterious or poisonous action and is not injurious to health. Second-Sodium benzoate in large doses (up to 4 grams per day) mixed with the food has not been found to exert any deleterious effect on the general health, nor to act as a poison in the general acceptance of the term. In some directions, there were slight il