Libecap, The Determinants of Progressive Era Reform: The Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906
, in CORRUPTION AND REFORM: LESSONS FROM AMERICA'S ECONOMIC HISTORY 319, 331 (Edward L.
Congress responded to the public outrage by passing the Food and Drugs Act of 1906
, criminalizing the manufacture or sale of "food or drug which is adulterated or misbranded" and authorizing the Department of Agriculture, among other departments, to create regulations to enforce the Act's mission and inspect potentially adulterated or misbranded items.
Swann, How Chemists Pushed For Consumer Protection--The Food and Drugs Act of 1906
, 24 CHEMICAL HERITAGE 2 (2006), available at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WhatWeDo/ History/CentennialofFDA/Chemistsandthe1906Act/ucm126648.htm (chronicling influential chemists who helped steer the FDA into existence).
On the Pure Food and Drugs Act, see James Harvey Young, Pure Food: Securing the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906