Theodore Roosevelt

Changing Today To Make A Better Tomorrow

The Not So "Good Ol' Days"

Before Theodore Roosevelt’s Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, large companies were unregulated and unchecked when it came to food and drug manufacturing. The meat and other food industry were riddled with poor and unclean storage, unsanitary environments, and disease filled rodents. On the other hand, the medicine manufacturers were not forced to follow any regulations, resulting in poorly labeled medication.

The Act itself

The Pure Food and Drug Act states:

For preventing the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated or misbranded or poisonous or deleterious foods, drugs, medicines, and liquors, and for regulating traffic therein, and for other purposes.

Why Roosevelt made his stand

Roosvelt Pure Food and Drug Act

The Big Change

After this act, any drugs that were deemed dangerous or addicting had to be listed on the label which helped open the public's eyes to how dangerous the products that they were buying really were. Another change that took place when the act was established is that there was a new group of inspectors dedicated to protecting consumers from unsafe products.