The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs
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.
JLG Release: Dec 2019
Awards & Honors
2020 Orbis Pictus Award Honor
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
Bulletin Blue Ribbons - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
The Nonfiction Detectives Best Nonfiction Books - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine
School Library Journal
10" x 8"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Illustrations/Images: Disturbing Imagery, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse
Harvey Washington Wiley (1844–1930), Food science, Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Advertising, Journalists, American history,