chapter  3
15 Pages

Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

WithLarry R. Pilot

In 1906, the Pure Food and Drugs Act (the Act) was enacted into law.1 The simple objective of this congressional initiative was to assure the purity of food and drugs distributed in the United States and provide existing federal government departments with the authority to assure compliance with this Act.* Since that time there have been many changes to the Act and considerable growth of the government agency responsible for the enforcement of applicable laws. This agency is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and its activities are followed so closely by the press that hardly a day passes when there is not some story which mentions the FDA.