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Adulteration of Tea Act 1776

Did you know that, in Britain, it is illegal to ‘adulterate’ tea, by contaminating it with other substances to reduce the manufacturing costs or to deceive people? The law is called the ‘Adulteration of Tea Act’ and was passed in 1776.

Says an awful lot about us Brits, doesn’t it?

(Incidentally a similar but older act banning the adulteration of coffee was passed in 1718)


  1. Given the other things that we had on our hands at the time it is truely remarkable we thought this more important than say, retaining the american colonies. Then again if you look at how they’ve turned out maybe our ancestors were wiser than we are.

  2. Guess that was in response to the addition of Boston Harbor Water?