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December 9, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(24):1805. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510240037008

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One of the most important bills before the United States Congress this year, from the standpoint of public health, is the Pure Food Bill. This bill has already been introduced, according to press reports, but whether it is the same measure as was before Congress last year we do not know. It is encouraging to know that President Roosevelt has recommended such legislation in his message to Congress, which is an advantage. He says:

I recommend that a law be enacted to regulate interstate commerce in misbranded and adulterated foods, drinks, and drugs. Such law would protect legitimate manufacture and commerce and would tend to secure the health and welfare of the consuming public. Traffic in food stuffs which have been debased or adulterated so as to injure health or to deceive purchasers should be forbidden.

It is to be hoped that every physician will realize the importance of the

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