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February 2000

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As sure as eggs is eggs
In 1841, the German-born political theorist, Friedrich Engels, complained that workers were being exploited by the middle classes who were mixing sugar with ground rice, chicory with coffee, and earth with cocoa, then selling the adulterated products as pure and at full price. The need for pure food is clearly not new, but over recent years, as international trade has increased, concern has grown. How can we be sure that the food on our plates is what we think it is?

Beware the food that bites back
What is food intolerance and how should we deal with it? This EU-sponsored review tries to pick a rational scientific path through piles of disparate and sometimes contradictory evidence.