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The poison eaters : fighting danger and fraud in our food and drugs / by Gail Jarrow.

Jarrow, Gail, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Emmaus Public Library.
  • 4 of 4 copies available at Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative. (Show)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Emmaus Public Library YA 363.19 JARR (Text) 36446002024779 New Young Adult Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781629794389
  • ISBN: 1629794384
  • Physical Description: 157 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Calkins Creek, an imprint of Boyds Mills & Kane, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical resources (pages 144-148) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Embalmed bees and other delicacies -- Farm boy -- Chemical feast -- The poison eaters -- Morphine, meat, and muckrakers -- "Janitor of the people's insides" -- Old borax -- Radioactive miracles -- Raspberry cough syrup -- The watchdogs -- The poison squad chemicals.
Summary, etc.:
"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.
Awards Note:
A Junior Library Guild Selection.
Subject: Wiley, Harvey Washington, 1844-1930 > Juvenile literature.
United States. Food and Drug Administration > Juvenile literature.
Competition, Unfair > United States > History > Juvenile literature.
Food law and legislation > United States > History > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Instructional and educational works.
Informational works.
Young Adult literature.
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