August 4, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(5):365-366. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520050049006

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Congress has enacted two laws that are destined to do away with much of the fraud and deception connected with foods and medicines. The federal law regulating slaughtering and meat packing establishments, combined with the federal pure food law, will give a large measure of protection to the people in what they eat and drink. As regards the inspection of packing and slaughtering establishments, Secretary Wilson's first installment of the new regulations shows that this inspection will be systematic and thorough; the preliminary work already under way preparatory to putting in force the provisions of the pure food law next January shows the same thing. But—and this is the point to be considered in every state—these laws apply only to the District of Columbia, to the territories and to interstate and foreign commerce. Each state is left to regulate its own internal affairs. So while foreigners and residents of other

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