"When America’s Pure Food Law was passed in 1906, it marked a milestone in the federal government’s efforts to assume responsibility for the growing number of urban consumers who did not really know what they were eating." (Spiekermann)
This short video discusses the differences in the American food industry before and after the Pure Food and Drug Act.
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The responsibility of supplying honest and reasonable quality food and drug was now mandatory, and "an offending manufacturer or distributor could be prosecuted by the Federal government" (FDA).