The original Food and Drugs Act is passed by Congress on June 30 and signed by President Theodore Roosevelt. It prohibits interstate commerce in misbranded and adulterated foods, drinks and drugs.
The Meat Inspection Act is passed the same day.
Shocking disclosures of insanitary conditions in meat-packing plants, the use of poisonous preservatives and dyes in foods, and cure-all claims for worthless and dangerous patent medicines were the major problems leading to the enactment of these laws.
Photo: Committee to formulate rules and regulations for enforcement of pure food law. (http://whale.to/a/image/pur.food.cmty.jpg)