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May 30, 1936

Current Comment

JAMA. 1936;106(22):1902. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770220038016

THE EMASCULATED NEW FOOD AND DRUG BILL  Elsewhere in this issue we print an analysis1 of the emasculated new pure food and drug bill which, it was contemplated many long months ago, would make good the deficiencies of the food and drug legislation of the first Rooseveltian era. The last thirty years has seen the rise of modern advertising methods that completely nullify the protection accorded the consumer by honesty on the label and package. Thus a modern bill must control advertising by mail, by billboards, in newspapers and magazines, and particularly over the radio. The bill first introduced has been subjected to a sort of plastic surgery in the legislative operating rooms which has resulted in a specimen not even resembling the original model and utterly deficient in many particulars. Altogether the result is an asthenic, chinless and impotent monstrosity. Formulas under this bill are secret and filed

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