Cheated not poisoned?

Food regulation in the United Kingdom, 1875–1938

By Michael French and Jim Phillips

Cheated not poisoned?

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8128-6
  • Pages: 220
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: November 2009
  • BIC Category: Economics, United Kingdom, Great Britain, European history, Economic history, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Economics, finance, business & management / Economic history


Newly available in paperback, this book provides the first comprehensive evaluation of Britain's food laws from the 1860s to the 1930s and the first analysis of the Victorian anti-adulteration legislation for over 25 years. The book brings important historical perspectives to the pressing contemporary debate about food safety and the most appropriate forms of regulation by indicating that government policy has historically been shaped by competing business and consumer-protectionist pressures.

The book will interest teachers, students and general readers concerned with British history and economic and social history, and appeal to specialists in the fields of business history, regulation and food, medicine and nutrition.


Michael French is Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. Jim Phillips is Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow


1. Food and state regulation
2. The food business and interest groups, 1875-1938
3. The evolution and operation of The Sales of Food and Drugs Acts, 1875-1907
4. Food scares and the Local Government Board
5. Assessing food additives: regulating chemical preservatives, 1888-1938
6. Standards and central government, 1889-1938
7. Conflicts of interest: milk regulation, 1875-1938

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