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July 23, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(4):324-326. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790300034011

On June 25 the President approved an act passed by Congress officially designated as the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.1 The act does not become wholly effective until one year after the date of its approval. In the meantime the Food and Drugs Act of 1906, as amended, remains in force. The prolonged period of transition from one act to the other is necessary to enable importers, producers, manufacturers, distributors and venders of foods, drugs, diagnostic and therapeutic devices and cosmetics to adjust their commodities and methods of doing business to the new order. During this period also the Secretary of Agriculture will be able to adapt the administrative machinery of the Department of Agriculture to the discharge of the new duties imposed on him.

The new act, like the Food and Drugs Act of 1906, as amended, which it is to replace, is necessarily limited in its scope

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