40 barrels & 20 kegs of Coca-Cola

The Providentia blog describes one of first great court clashes between a modern foodstuff manufacturer and modern food safety advocates. The case, known as the U.S. vs. Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs of Coca Cola case, featured (in its records) the phrase “…Mr. Elliott Cheatham for plaintiff in error.” Providentia says:

It was quite a trial.  On one side was [Harvey Washington Wiley, Chief Chemist of the United States Department of Agriculture Division of Chemistry and one of the founders of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists] with the full backing of the United States government while on the other side was the Coca Cola company, already one of the largest companies in the country.  Wiley’s case against Coca Cola focused on the product as being “adulterated and misbranded”.  The adulteration came in the form of  the caffeine content which “might render the product injurious to health”…

BONUS: Nowadays, the Coca-Cola Company is an affiliate of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists.