The Poison Eaters

By Gail Jarrow,

Book cover of The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs

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Six starred reviews- Booklist BCCB Kirkus Reviews Publishers Weekly School Library Connection Shelf Awareness

ALSC Notable Children's Book
Washington Post Best Children's Book
NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book
BCCB Blue Ribbon
Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book
NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12
Chicago Public Library Best Children's Book…

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1 author picked The Poison Eaters as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This book is like watching a food-centric episode of Dateline, with fraud, malice, and cheating behind every food factory door. Candy tainted with arsenic, sausages made with meat scraps and rodent droppings swept off the floor, toothache medication made with cocaine – it’s all true. Sure, most of these food and medication offenses happened more than 100 years ago, but this book presents the information in a fresh, fascinating, and understandable way. I, for one, was gripped by the stories and grateful for changes in food standards and oversight.

From Mary's list on food facts.

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