The poison squad : one chemist's single-minded crusade for food safety at the turn of the twentieth century
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New York : Penguin Press, 2018.
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xxi, 330 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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A New York Times Notable Book From Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times -bestselling author Deborah Blum, the dramatic true story of how food was made safe in the United States and the heroes, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who fought for change By the end of nineteenth century, food was dangerous. Lethal, even. "Milk" might contain formaldehyde, most often used to embalm corpses. Decaying meat was preserved with both salicylic acid, a pharmaceutical chemical, and borax, a compound first identified as a cleaning product. This was not by accident; food manufacturers had rushed to embrace the rise of industrial chemistry, and were knowingly selling harmful products. Unchecked by government regulation, basic safety, or even labelling requirements, they put profit before the health of their customers. By some estimates, in New York City alone, thousands of children were killed by "embalmed milk" every year. Citizens--activists, journalists, scientists, and women's groups--began agitating for change. But even as protective measures were enacted in Europe, American corporations blocked even modest regulations. Then, in 1883, Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, a chemistry professor from Purdue University, was named chief chemist of the agriculture department, and the agency began methodically investigating food and drink fraud, even conducting shocking human tests on groups of young men who came to be known as, "The Poison Squad." Over the next thirty years, a titanic struggle took place, with the courageous and fascinating Dr. Wiley campaigning indefatigably for food safety and consumer protection. Together with a gallant cast, including the muckraking reporter Upton Sinclair, whose fiction revealed the horrific truth about the Chicago stockyards; Fannie Farmer, then the most famous cookbook author in the country; and Henry J. Heinz, one of the few food producers who actively advocated for pure food, Dr. Wiley changed history. When the landmark 1906 Food and Drug Act was finally passed, it was known across the land, as "Dr. Wiley's Law." Blum brings to life this timeless and hugely satisfying "David and Goliath" tale with righteous verve and style, driving home the moral imperative of confronting corporate greed and government corruption with a bracing clarity, which speaks resoundingly to the enormous social and political challenges we face today.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Blum, D. (2018). The poison squad: one chemist's single-minded crusade for food safety at the turn of the twentieth century. New York: Penguin Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Blum, Deborah, 1954-. 2018. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-minded Crusade for Food Safety At the Turn of the Twentieth Century. New York: Penguin Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Blum, Deborah, 1954-, The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-minded Crusade for Food Safety At the Turn of the Twentieth Century. New York: Penguin Press, 2018.

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Blum, Deborah. The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-minded Crusade for Food Safety At the Turn of the Twentieth Century. New York: Penguin Press, 2018. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-319) and index.
Description
Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley set out to ensure food safety. He selected food tasters to test various food additives and preservatives, letting them know that the substances could be harmful or deadly. The tasters were recognized for their courage, and became known as the poison squad.