Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A substance that adulterates.
  • adj. Serving to adulterate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which adulterates; or reduces the purity of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is used to adulterate anything.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Adulterating; used in adulterating.
  • n. A substance used for adulterating.

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

  • adj. making impure or corrupt by adding extraneous materials
  • n. any substance that lessens the purity or effectiveness of a substance

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Examples

  • The E. coli O157:H7 strain was classified by USDA in 1994 as an "adulterant" - meaning more testing and swifter recalls if it is found - after an outbreak of that strain the year before at Jack in the Box fast-food restaurants that killed four children.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • In food-safety regulation, there's a concept called "adulterant", a substance that by law may not be distributed in food.

    Wired Top Stories

  • The E. coli O157:H7 strain was classified by USDA in 1994 as an "adulterant" - meaning more testing and swifter recalls if it is found - after an outbreak of that strain the year before at Jack in the Box fast-food restaurants killed four children.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Despite an early attempt to ban the substance in 1911 - skeptical scientists argued it was an "adulterant" that changed the makeup of food - saccharin grew in popularity, and was used to sweeten foods during sugar rationings in World Wars I and II.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • The intact/non-intact distinction was first announced in a July 19, 1999 FSIS policy statement that the meat industry had long pushed as a way of deeming O157 an "adulterant" only in ground beef and other non-intact meat not "further processed" in a federally-inspected facility.

    Marler Blog

  • An FDA task force that included drug-industry researchers said the adulterant was oversulfated chondroitin sulfate, a substance that increases the potency of heparin and makes it more valuable.

    House Investigates Heparin Crisis

  • She said that unlike E. coli, salmonella isn't officially considered a dangerous adulterant in meat unless that meat is directly tied to an illness or death.

    Government Knew About Bacteria in Turkey

  • Right now, E. coli O157:H7 is the only pathogen that is considered an adulterant.

    Barbara Kowalcyk: Ground Turkey Recall Shows We Still Need Kevin's Law

  • Unless a pathogen is considered an adulterant, USDA cannot take action -- even if they find these pathogens during routine testing.

    Barbara Kowalcyk: Ground Turkey Recall Shows We Still Need Kevin's Law

  • There are six strains of E. coli bacteria that government officials say can be just as dangerous in beef as E. coli O157: H7, the only strain officially considered an adulterant, a legal designation under food-safety laws.

    Beef Safety Tests Aren't Being Used

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