JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
That the forces devoted to the maintenance of high standards in American food and drug products are still alert and progressive is shown by the latest annual report of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station which has long been devoted to the dissemination of the truth in regard to these matters of public concern. The need of a continuation of the “police system” now in operation to secure the enforcement of the law and, what is far more important, the improvement of the goods offered for sale to the public, is best shown by the statement that “of 757 samples taken by the commissioner under the law, 372 were found to be either adulterated, misbranded, or below standard.” It will be interesting to watch the operation of the net weight and measure law recently enacted in Connecticut. A preliminary study of the present status of the foods sold in package form shows a tendency to short weight in a not inconsiderable number of the brands. Even a statement of net weight may be quite misleading if quality is not considered; for the addition of water to canned vegetables, fruits or fish will bring up the net weight without giving much information as to the food present. . . .
SOME FOODS AND DRUGS IN 1912. JAMA. 2013;309(2):118. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.145084