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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 9, 2005


JAMA. 2005;293(10):1275. doi:10.1001/jama.293.10.1275-a

Congress has adjourned without passing the pure-food bill. Those who deliberately adulterate the food of the people with poisonous substances have won again—with the assistance of certain senators who ought instead to be engaged in the protection of the people. The chief obstructionists have been Senators Platt of Connecticut and Spooner of Wisconsin. Something appropriate should be done to them by their respective constituencies. Senator Heyburn of Idaho and his supporters, Senator McCumber of North Dakota and others, deserve great praise for their manly fight against the specious objections made to the bill. It should bring a blush of shame to the cheek of every citizen of this country to know that dishonest manufacturers have so powerful an influence in the United States Senate that a pure-food law can not be passed. We trust that a wave of popular indignation will force this bill through the next congress. The poor senate has so many moneyed interests to look after that it can not devote its time and attention to the daily food of the common people. But the fight is still on. Let no one be discouraged. Pure-food legislation shall be passed.

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