THE HIDDEN ASSASSINS by Booth Mooney

THE HIDDEN ASSASSINS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An a la carte indictment of the ways in which our food is ""doctored, dosed, colored and convenienced nearly to the point of nonrecognition."" And poisoned. Fomaldehyde in milk, DDT in cheddar cheese, mineral oil in popcorn, not to mention the carcinogens everywhere. Mr. Mooney's book, after indicating a few toxic offenders (styphlocci salmonellae; botulin) and various outbreaks in hospitals, schools, or from cans (everyone remembers the cranberry incident) isolates all kinds of quacks and crooks (namely the food industry), regrets the inefficiency and narrow coverage of the state laws, shows how the F.D.A. while policing is also handcuffed, and covers more extensively than anywhere else the whole area of food adulteration and contamination. He can rightly expect some of the witchhunting which followed Rachel Carson's Silent Spring which is also documented. Actually there is no other general-- and this is more restricted- book except Franklin Bicknell's Chemicals in Your Food. An aggressive attack, well supported.

Pub Date: April 25th, 1966
Publisher: Follett