Pure Food and Drug Act


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Pure Food and Drug Act

Legislation in the United States, passed in 1906, that required inspection of American meat by the federal government. It also required labeling of some addictive substances and prohibited poisonous medicines. It was superseded by the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938.
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His shocking book on the Chicago slaughterhouses, "The Jungle," led to such a public outcry that the Pure Food and Drug Act was quickly enacted in 1906.
In 1906, Congress reacted to the anger by passing the Pure Food and Drug Act.
In the case of Sinclair, his muckraking novel, combined with the political climate and Roosevelt's own desire for action, spurred the passage in 1906 of the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act, which led to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration.