Food Regulation: "Only The Brave Dare Eat The Fare"

A little over a century ago, buying a cup of coffee might mean sipping on additives like charcoal and charred bone. Adding milk? It might have one of that era's main preservatives ... formaldehyde.

Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley and his fight for pure food is the subject of Deborah Blum's new book, "The Poison Squad".

His crusade means our food today is safe ... right?

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