The ever readable Tom Palmer points me to a story that I have forgotten, incredibly:
Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people.
I am sure I am just cherry picking again. Sadly, I’ve got enough to make a lifetime’s worth of pies and jams. Keep this in mind as the wizards in DC and our capitols continue their assault on salt, trans-fats, chips, aluminum bats, and even our garbage. But this, of course, is an incendiary caricature.