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 It was superseded by the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938.
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And the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906 -- it actually didn't ensure pure food or pure drugs, all it said essentially was you have to list the ingredients.
In 1906, Congress reacted to the anger by passing the Pure Food and Drug Act. That created the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and set strict standards for all food produced in the U.S.
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.
And Upton Sinclair's The Jungle painted such a disturbing picture of the filth and cruelty of the meatpacking industry that Congress passed the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.