American National Government
posted by B.B. .
Can someone help me with this question?
Was the Food and Drug Administration formed in response to a national event or some sort of emergency?
My answer is: The Food and Drug Administration was not formed because of a national event or some sort of emergency. The Food and Drug Administration came into existence from a convergence of events.
Is this right?
Essentially, I agree. However, the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 was passed largely as a result of public opinion. Sinclair Lewis's The Jungle was in large part responsible for its scene about a man falling into a vat of lard and being cooked and sold as "Armour's Pure Lard."
Note that article gives 1906 as the effective founding date of the FDA, although it didn't get that name until the 30s.
Actually, being a beekeeper, I happen to know the history for which you are asking. At the turn of the century, honey was a major sweetner, refined cane sugar was really in its infancy. To make more money, some folks were adding things to honey to stretch it into more volume. It was a major issue, believe it or not in the press.
So then am I wrong about the FDA not being formed because of being in response of a national event or some sort of emergency.
No, you're right. There were many events that brought the establishment of the FDA.