Pharmacy flashback

From the AJP archives: a warning on shonky Parramatta lime juice makers!

In February 1898 the AJP editorial thundered that “the public has a right to demand that an article designed for consumption as food is what it pretends to be….” in response to proceedings against the makers of ‘Parramatta’ Lime Juice.

An artificial concoction of water and citric or tartaric acid, Parramatta Lime Juice was apparently a common sale item in Melbourne, at least, in 1898.

“That the fruit of the lime had no share in its composition came as a big surprise to the large number of persons in whose families the beverage had for many years been popular,” said editor Harry Shillinglaw.

Look out for our overview of AJP’s 130-year history in our May print edition.


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