The written penalties for failing to comply with the rules administered by
were extremely severe. For instance, a baker could be thrown into his own
oven if he was caught selling poisonous corn, and a cook could be boiled in
his own cauldron if the authorities discovered him selling carrion or putrid
Despite these stern penalties it is doubtful how effectively the
could police his large administrative territory, though these laws do
illustrate that the government did appreciate the importance of high quality
foods and the necessity of proper hygiene in public buildings.