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Protecting the Nation's Food

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S. 88, Draft bill of the Pure Food...
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S. 88, Draft bill of the Pure Food and Drug Act, December 14, 1905

Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle revealed unsanitary conditions in Chicago’s meatpacking plants, arousing public demand for food safety. For the first time, Congress took responsibility for consumer protection by passing the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which banned the manufacture and sale of any adulterated, harmful, or mislabeled food, beverage, or drug product.

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A BILL For preventing the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated or misbranded or poisonous or deleterious foods, drugs, medicines, and liquors…

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration