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Food Purity

Normal appearance of healthy beefAs some scientists discovered beneficial substances in food, others uncovered harmful ones.  Chemists like Accum, Wiley and others showed that milk, meat, flour and other foodstuffs were often adulterated with inedible and even poisonous substances, as farmers, suppliers, and grocers all tried to maximize their profits.   The resulting exposés led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, legislation that established the Food and Drug Administration.

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