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'I Had No Time to Pick Out the Worms”: Food adulteration in Singapore, 1900–1973


Tarulevicz, NT, 'I Had No Time to Pick Out the Worms': Food adulteration in Singapore, 1900-1973, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 16, (3) pp. 1-24. ISSN 1532-5768 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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© 2015 Nicole Tarulevicz and The Johns Hopkins University Press

DOI: doi:10.1353/cch.2015.0037


Food safety is a cultural construction, culturally and temporally specific. This paper is concerned with the particular food safety issue of food adulteration in the city-state of Singapore. Taking the five-part definition of food adulteration, published in a local newspaper in 1913 ahead of new legislation, as its structure, this paper examines how food adulteration was understood, subverted, regulated, prosecuted and eventually updated, to trace the institutional constructions and performances of food safety knowledges and their popular responses.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Food adulteration, Singapore, History
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Asian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tarulevicz, NT (Associate Professor Nicki Tarulevicz)
ID Code:104370
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-11-10
Last Modified:2018-03-08
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