The Case of the Poisoned Peppermints

A century and a half ago, 20 people died and many other became ill because their local candy distributor knew a bargain when he saw one.
On October 23, 1858, William “Humbug Billy” Hardaker, sold peppermint lozenges to the good people of Bradford, England, as he usually did. This particular Saturday he had the good luck to buy his batch of mints at discount because of their substandard appearance. By the time he fell sick that afternoon, he had sold enough lozenges to satisfy some 200 peoples’ sweet tooth. The next day, still ill, Hardaker had to explain to the police why everyone who ate his candy was either getting sick or dying.

The answer makes you glad we have laws about food ingredients these days. This story is part of 5 Disasters That Could Have Been Avoided. Link -Thanks, Sami!

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I've grown up in Bradford since i was 5 and never knew this story! You learn something new every day!
Strange how i heard a local tale via the internet from an American based website! lol.
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