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April 23, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(17):1370-1372. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790170050014

The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce of the House of Representatives reported to the House, April 14, a bill to prohibit, in interstate and foreign commerce and within the District of Columbia, commerce in adulterated and misbranded foods, drugs, diagnostic and therapeutic devices and cosmetics. This bill was offered as a substitute for what was left of the Copeland food, drugs, devices and cosmetics bill, S. 5, passed by the Senate March 9, 1937, after the House committee had stripped it of all provisions relating to advertising. The advertising provisions of the Copeland bill have already been incorporated, in a modified form, in the Wheeler-Lea Federal Trade Commission Act,1 approved March 21, 1938.

Like the Wheeler-Lea Federal Trade Commission Act, the bill reported by the committee is a composite of provisions to protect the consumer against ignorant and unscrupulous manufacturers and dealers, and of provisions to protect manufacturers