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  • adj. Mixed with impurities
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of adulterate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having been made impure by addition of inferior ingredients; -- said of substances or foods.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. mixed with impurities


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  • The USDA has been considering for more than a year a policy change that would allow whole beef cuts to be considered "adulterated" -- and thus subject to recall -- even if they aren't "intended for use in ground beef," according to Daniel Engeljohn, a deputy assistant administrator for USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, or FSIS.

    U.S. Beef Safety Plan Languishes Amid New Illnesses

  • The agency did not disclose the name of the offending wine, including recalling the adulterated product.

    Wine: TTB and the ick factor

  • If this be correct, it appears that the articles at present in the market, or at least those which have come in my way, have been wretched imitations of the genuine thing, and should, instead of being called adulterated annatto, be called something else adulterated, but not seriously, with annatto.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 531, March 6, 1886

  • When sold under assumed names, they are to be considered and classified as adulterated, and not as syrups from definite and specific products.

    Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value

  • Under section 402(a)(4) of the Act, a food product is deemed "adulterated" if the food was "prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health."

    William Marler: Prosecuting Those Who Poison

  • A food product is also considered "adulterated" if it bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance, which may render it injurious to health.

    William Marler: Prosecuting Those Who Poison

  • In March 2009, the U.S. attorney in Chicago obtained an injunction that cited Del Rey for selling "adulterated" food.

    Schools in the dark about tainted lunches

  • In this case, the USDA says that Huntington failed to keep reliable records about its activities for the past year and that all the meat produced at the plant during the past year must be considered to be "adulterated" and should be removed from the market.

    The beef recall goes on

  • The federal indictment accuses Patel of doctoring records at the factory and putting "adulterated" drugs into the marketplace.

    Tainted Syringes Slipped Past FDA���s Watch

  • So our new Bay Bridge sits on piles held up by "adulterated," re-mixed and re-used concrete.

    Leslie Griffith: The San Francisco Bay Bridge And an Ethics Revolution


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    June 22, 2007