Pure Food and Drug Act


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Pure Food and Drug Act

A legislative act passed by the US Congress in 1906, catalysed largely through the efforts of Dr HW Wiley, the chief chemist of the US Department of Agriculture. The Act addressed the use of poisonous food preservatives and dyes in foods, unsanitary conditions in meat-packing plants, and exaggerated claims of efficacy made for pseudomedical patent medicines.
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In June 1906, Congress passed both the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act, meeting not only Roosevelt's goals but many of Harvey Wiley's as well.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which created the United States Food and Drug Administration, FDA historian Suzanne White Junod, Ph.
The second date was 1906, when Henry Heinz stood as the sole food processor to back passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act, which heralded the start of the Food and Drug Administration and the birth of the modern food industry.