Sat 68: Food safety alert

Cinefactus

Censor
Staff member
I know the Romans used lead acetate as a sweetner but as an ex occupational safety coordinator, I nearly fell off my chair when I read this!

sustulērunt servī omnēs mēnsās et aliās attulērunt, scobemque crocō et miniō tīnctam sparsērunt

Red lead dust at dinner
 

Bestiola

Speculatrix
Staff member
I know the Romans used lead acetate as a sweetner but as an ex occupational safety coordinator, I nearly fell off my chair when I read this!

sustulērunt servī omnēs mēnsās et aliās attulērunt, scobemque crocō et miniō tīnctam sparsērunt

Red lead dust at dinner
Eh, what barbarians didn't achieve by wars, Romans did themselves by putting lead everywhere.:confused:

It seems that fashion continued into the Middle Ages, when even syphilis and leprosy were treated with mercury.
http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/toxic-price-pay-wealthy-citizens-medieval-europe-had-poisoning-lead-glazed-020590
 
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