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Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938

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1. The food, drug, and cosmetic act was signed by Franklin Roosevelt in 1938.




2. The food, drug, and cosmetic act was passed due to over 100 deaths of patients given deadly drugs. The patients were given a sulfanilamide medication that was dissolved by diethylene glycol. This made the drug deadly and killed many of the patients that it was used on. This act replaced the pure food and drug act of 1906.




3. There was no controversy connected to this law because it was seen by many people that it was needed for the safety of the people.




4. The food, drug, and cosmetic act of 1938 gave authority to the food and drug administration to look over the safety of food, drugs and cosmetics. The food, drug and cosmetic act has nine chapters that explains what you can and cant have in food and drugs that is unnatural. If anything contains a harmful, unnatural substance in it the manufactures are fined and the food or drug is recalled. The FDA was given the authority to approve new drugs before they could be sold.



5. This law enabled food and drugs to be checked before they were sold. This allowed all food and drug products to be safe to eat and use. If this were not passed there could be many dangerous drugs out there and they would be used. This law makes food and drugs safer to be used. 

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