Corruption And Reform?: The Emergence Of The 1906 Pure Food And Drug Act And The 1906 Meat Inspection Act
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Overview: This white paper aims to contribute to this debate by exploring the emergence of federal food, drug and meat inspection regulation in early 20th century America. In 1906, the federal government enacted two pieces of legislation - the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act - that gave federal regulators unprecedented authority over interstate trade in food, drugs, and meat products. The central issue this paper attempts to explain is why the federal government extended its regulatory authority over food, drugs, and meat inspection.