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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One of the so-called muckrakers of the period, Adams contributed to Collier's, the National Weekly in 1905 a series of articles exposing quack patent medicines, followed by The Great American Fraud (1906), which furthered the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906.
While on the staffs of McClure's and Collier's, Adams was active in exposing frauds, especially in the field of medicine, and helped to bring about enactment of the Pure Food and Drug Act. His The Great American Fraud (1906) deals with patent medicines.
Critical Thinking: Tell students that the FDA's history of the agency says the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act was the result of a 20-year crusade for federal regulation of food and drugs.
Pure Food and Drug Act was passed and conditions in the slaughterhouses were improved.