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December 29, 1934

Current Comment

JAMA. 1934;103(26):2032. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750520034014

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FEDERAL FOOD AND DRUGS ACT APPROPRIATIONS  For the enforcement of the federal Food and Drugs Act during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 1935, Congress appropriated $1,161,477. Thus, Congress authorized the expenditure of less than one cent each for every man, woman and child in the United States to protect them during an entire year from the dangers of adulterated and misbranded food and drugs. The appropriation for the current year, too, shows a decrease as compared with the appropriation for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1934, which in turn was less than the appropriation for the preceding fiscal year. This apparent tendency to appropriate less and less money for the enforcement of the federal Food and Drugs Act seems hardly consistent with the increasing federal expenditures in other fields. Irrespective of the outcome of proposals to revise the federal Food and Drugs Act now in force, so as to increase its protective

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