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The earliest investigations into this subject conducted under National auspices were those made by Professors Diehl and Kedzie and Dr. Smart of the Army, for the late National Board of Health. The field of operations of the last named investigator was quite extensive and was intended to develop the amount and character of food adulteration in this country, with a view of determining whether federal legislation was needful for its suppression. The conclusions arrived at were that few of the adulterations then practiced were of a deleterious character, that they affected the pocket of the individual rather than his health, and that the question of legislation should therefore be viewed from the commercial rather than the sanitary standpoint.
Since then the Department of Agriculture has taken up the subject and published several reports, one of which, Bulletin No. 41, "On the Extent and Character of Food and Drug Adulteration, by
FOOD AND DRUG ADULTERATION. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(3):95. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430030025003
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