The purpose of this group, assembled by
, was to make foods safer for the general population. Wiley wanted food science to include safety, which meant understanding what exactly is in the foods people were eating. The poison squad was there to test the safety of questionable chemicals. The squad even had a song with the lyrics: "On Prussic acid we break our fast; we lunch on a morphine stew; we dine with a matchhead consommé; drink carbolic acid brew." In time, the squad gained fame. People even wrote to them in hopes of joining their ranks. Over time, Wiley became known as the "
," since the poison squad inspired what is now the FDA. Get more of the story in the video below.