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Poisons in your food : the dangers you face and what you can do about them
Winter, Ruth, 1930-
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New, revised, and updated edition, Rev. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown, [1991]

Physical Description:
ix, 321 pages ; 21 cm
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This ground-breaking Crown book is back in a new edition with all the latest findings about dangerous foods and what consumers can do to protect themselves.

Author Notes

Ruth Winter , MS, is an award-winning author of 37 books. She has contributed to Good Housekeeping , Harper's Bazaar , Self , and Vogue , and has also appeared on many TV programs, including Good Morning America and Today . She runs an informational website at and blogs about food and cosmetic additives at

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Library Journal Review

Many areas of safety and health in the production, distribution, and preparation of food have been of continuing concern since Winter first published this book ( LJ 5/1/69). Areas addressed in this updated edition include insecticides, ``hidden ingredients'' in processed foods, carcinogens, hazardous handling of fish, poultry, and meat, the water supply, restaurants, food-induced sickness and death, convenience foods, home safety, and food labeling. A thorough researcher (472 citations in ``Notes''), Winter makes readers aware of what can go wrong at all steps of the food chain. She points out the many things consumers can do to minimize the risks of food poisoning and possible death. This book is sort of an Earth Day Every Day for our bodies, and should be available in public libraries.-- Patty Miller, New Hampshire Technical Coll. Lib., Laconia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
1 Guess What You Just Ate!p. 1
2 How to Kill Insects--and Peoplep. 10
3 Your Food--Plus What? Deliberate and Accidental Hidden Ingredientsp. 55
4 Meat and Poultry Hazardsp. 92
5 A Fish Storyp. 120
6 Salmonella Sam and the Ptomaine Picnicp. 152
7 Water: Unfit for Drinking?p. 178
8 Eating Out Tonight?p. 203
9 Those Convenient New Foodsp. 226
10 Some Questions and Recommendationsp. 247
11 Home Fires and Freezersp. 268
12 Understanding Labels and Food-Freshness Codesp. 276
Notesp. 288
Indexp. 307