|aThe poison eaters |bfighting danger and fraud in our food and drugs |cby Gail Jarrow.
|aNew York |bCalkins Creek|cc2019.
|a157 p. |bill. (some col.), ports. |c27 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 144-148) and index.
|a"Formaldehyde, borax, salicylic acid. Today, these chemicals are used in embalming fluids, cleaning supplies, and acne medications. But in 1900, they were routinely added to food that Americans ate from cans and jars. Often products weren't safe because unregulated, unethical companies added these and other chemicals to trick consumers into buying spoiled food or harmful medicines. Chemist Harvey Washington Wiley recognized these dangers and began a relentless thirty-year campaign to ensure that consumers could purchase safe food and drugs, eventually leading to the creation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. Acclaimed nonfiction and Sibert Honor winning author Gail Jarrow uncovers this intriguing history in her trademark style that makes the past enthrallingly relevant for today's young readers"--Amazon.