The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act was enacted into law on June 25, 1938. On that date the sections pertaining to new drugs, dangerous drugs and injurious cosmetics became effective. Other provisions became operative only to the extent that they may relate to the enforcement of the aforementioned sections. The act was to have become effective in its entirety on June 25, 1939, but meanwhile an amendment was enacted postponing the new labeling requirements until Jan. 1, 1940, or later under certain conditions.
The old Food and Drugs Act was passed in 1906 when social, economic and technologic conditions in this country were vastly different from those which obtain today. During the intervening thirty-two years repeated efforts to adapt food and drug legislation to changing conditions and the growing complexity of our national life were invariably successfully opposed until the act of 1938 was passed. It is generally conceded
KLUMPP TG. THE NEW FEDERAL FOOD, DRUG AND COSMETIC ACT: A CONSIDERATION OF FEATURES THAT ARE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION. JAMA. 1939;113(25):2233–2235. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.72800500005010
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