Article ID: CBB001320668

A British Meat Cannery in Moldavia (1844--52) (2012)


In June 1844, Stephen Goldner, a Jewish-born Hungarian entrepreneur residing in Britain, obtained approval from the Moldavian authorities to establish a cannery in Galatz. Involved for several years in preserving meats by means of an innovative technological process, Goldner attempted to benefit from the resources of the Romanian Principalities, particularly their rich agro-pastoral lands, where domesticated animals were extremely cheap. On the basis of documentary sources from British and Romanian archives, this paper details Goldner's activity in Moldavia during the seven-year period in which he administered the cannery from Galatz and supplied most of the Royal Navy's contracts. In 1851--52 Goldner was the subject of a public investigation in Britain. It was believed, as it still is now, that the low quality of his products had likely endangered Sir John Franklin's polar expedition.

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Authors & Contributors
Jönsson, Erik
Warren, Wilson J.
McCrow-Young, Ally
Linné, Tobias
Haushofer, Lisa
Woods, Rebecca J. H.
Journal of Food Science
Technology and Culture
Science as Culture
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of American Culture
University of California Press
University of North Carolina Press
University of Iowa Press
Manchester University Press
I. B. Tauris
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Food industry and trade
Food and foods
Food science; food technology
Food preservation
Nutrition; dietetics
Plumwood, Val
Haraway, Donna Jeanne
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
20th century, early
Great Britain
United States
Western states (U.S.)
Midwestern states (U.S.)
Hawaii (U.S.)
London (England)
Smithsonian Institution

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