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Scientific investigation brings many strange things to light with regard to the food of civilised -communities, but the idea that* the refuse of our dust bins may be worked up into butterine is sufficient to make us (says a Home paper) believe that ignorance is bliss. Land relates the fact as follows : —“'lhe ordinary refuse from the dust bin is first sorted out and dealt with according to its nature. Two tanks are provided, in which fish, dogs, cats, bones, and slaughter-house refuse are boiled down; The tat is skimmed off the top, and then put into a canvas squeezer, from ■ which oil is obtained, which sells at L 24 a ton, the remaining cake being mixed among other manure. In one year 141 tons of fish and tripe refuse, 13 tons of cats, and 7 tons of dogs have been dealt with in this way. Then the ■ Live Stock Journal takes up the theme, . and says it is just such oil as this which is . best fitted for the manufacture of " Oleomargarine.” The idea of such an abomination finding its way upon our breakfast and tea tables is enough to make wholesale converts to vegetarianism. It should also awaken inspectors under the adulteration Act to increased activity.

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WHAT BUTTERINE IS MADE OF., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 783, 2 November 1882

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WHAT BUTTERINE IS MADE OF. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 783, 2 November 1882

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