Where can I find some history of the FDA and the laws enforcing consumer safety in the US?

Looking for information that can date back to the even twentieth century, such as before the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1933.

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  • 9 years ago
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    The Food and Drug Administration is the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U. S. federal government. Its origins can be traced back to the appointment of Lewis Caleb Beck in the Patent Office around 1848 to carry out chemical analyses of agricultural products, a function that the newly created Department of Agriculture inherited in 1862. Although it was not known by its present name until 1930, FDA’s modern regulatory functions began with the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act, a law a quarter-century in the making that prohibited interstate commerce in adulterated and misbranded food and drugs. Harvey Washington Wiley, Chief Chemist of the Bureau of Chemistry in the Department of Agriculture, had been the driving force behind this law and headed its enforcement in the early years, providing basic elements of protection that consumers had never known before that time.

    Biologics Act of 1902

    Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906

    Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914

    Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938

    Durham-Humphrey Amendment, 1951

    Miller Pesticide Amendments of 1954

    Food Additives Amendments of 1958

    Color Additives Amendments of 1960

    Kefauver-Harris Amendments of 1962

    Animal Drug Amendments of 1968

    Medical Device Amendments of 1976

    Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976

    Infant Formula Act of 1980

    Orphan Drug Act of 1983

    Waxman-Hatch Act of 1984

    Drug Export Amendment Act of 1986

    Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990

    Safe Medical Device Act (SMDA) of 1990

    Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDFUA) of 1992

    Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994

    FDA Modernization Act of 1997

    FDA Expansion Overseas in 2008

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