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'Rodine' rat poison, Scotland, 1948-1950

Rats have long been associated with disease and public health problems and various methods have been devised to trap or poison them. The active ingredient in this rat poison is highly toxic yellow phosphorous, which is commonly used in pest control – the poison swiftly and fatally dehydrates the rats. Phosphorous can be lethal to humans if swallowed. The box has recommendations from satisfied customers to inspire confidence in the product.

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Glossary: poison

Any agent which, when introduced into the animal organism, is capable of producing a morbid, noxious, or deadly effect upon it. poisons are usually defined seperately from toxins or venoms as substances which are absorbed through epithelial linings such as the skin or gut.

Glossary: rat poison

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