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The Poison Squad

Clip: Season 32 Episode 2 | 1m 13s

In 1901, government chemist Harvey Wiley set out to prove that Americans were being harmed by chemicals in food. Wiley organized volunteers for human trials to test the effects of chemical food preservatives.

Aired: 01/28/20

Expires: 02/03/23

Rating: NR

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