Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906

“Oh, here’s to good old germs, Drink ’em down!,” goes a toast published in the December 6, 1903 St. Louis Republic.

Over a century ago, twelve government-sponsored volunteers, dubbed “the Poison Squad,” recite this toast before consuming food laced with toxic additives such as borax and salicylic acid. Scientific experiments on food using human guinea pigs eventually resulted in the signing of the Pure Food & Drug Act in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Read more about it in this topic guide.

Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 Topic Guide
http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/topics/purefood.html

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