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 food in the meat industries was not the only thing that was being mistreated. Workers were paid poorly, worked in unsafe conditions, and were treated as if they were less than human.
The media saw what President Roosevelt was doing and showed their support, as you can see in this comic. The group of the media that supported the fight against unsanitary conditions were known as the muckrakers.
Medication was not properly labeled as medication is today. Most bottles or containers had no ingredient lists or any backing to support the claims made on the label.