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According to the Washington Star, a number of manufacturers of preserved food have communicated with Dr. Wiley, the chemist of the Department of Agriculture, pledging themselves to discontinue the use of any coloring matters or preservatives condemned by him. This is a favorable sign and a step in the right direction, but it does not lessen the necessity of the passage of the pure-food bill now before the Senate. It is an indication that such an act, if once passed, would be effective; what men can afford to do voluntarily will be still more likely to be done by others— if there is a penalty for not so doing. It shows that honorable manufacturers have no desire to oppose the passage of the act.
HONEST MANUFACTURERS IN FAVOR OF THE PURE-FOOD BILL.. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(2):133. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500290053007
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