Decontamination and salvage of food
Decontamination and salvage of food: report on a series of demonstrations carried out in 1943
This file details 15 demonstrations of food decontamination (in the case of contamination by mustard gas) which were carried out around Britain using a technique devised by Porton and recommended and published by the Ministry of Food. The food was subjected to about two hours contact with mustard gas - thought to be representative of what would happen in an actual gas 'blitz'. Foods included meat, cheese, flour, tea, sugar/salt, bread, etc. Potato was top of the order of merit in terms of decontamination, followed by fats, sugar/salt, meat, greens, tea, flour, cheese, grain, tinned food and dried fruit. The file contains detailed analysis and results along with pictures of the events taking place.