Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act

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Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act

Legislation in the United States, passed in 1938, that gave the Food and Drug Administration the authority to certify the safety of food, food additives, medicines, and so forth. It also gives the FDA the ability to classify goods as cosmetics, though it does not regulate cosmetics. The Act gave consumers grounds to sue companies for selling unsafe products; the government may pursue criminal penalties for repeated or fraudulent violations.
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"During her lifetime, Florence published five books and more than 300 articles in the field and was a critical voice in drafting the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938, the first Congressional act to impact the safety of cosmetics."
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