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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 1862President Lincoln appoints a chemist, Charles M. Wetherillto serve in the new Department of Agriculture.Charles Wetherill This was the beginning of the Bureau of Chemistry, the predecessor of the Food and Drug Administration. 1880Peter Collier, chief chemist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, recommends passage of a national food and drug lawinvestigations. The bill was defeated, but during the next 25 years more than 100 food and drug bills were introduced 1906The original Food and Drugs Act is passed by Congress on June 30 and signed by President Theodore Roosevelt. It prohibits sale of misbranded and adulterated foods, drinks and drugs. Shocking disclosures of insanitary conditions in meat-packing plants, the use of poisonous preservatives and dyes in foods, and cure-all claims for worthless and dangerous patent medicines were the major problems leading to the enactment of these laws. 1933FDA recommends a complete revision of the obsolete 1906 Food and Drugs Act. The first bill is introduced into the Senate, launching a five-year legislative battle. 1988Food and Drug Administration Act of 1988 officially establishes FDA as an agency of the Department of Health and HumanServices with a Commissioner of Food and Drugs appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, and broadly spells out the responsibilities of the Secretary and the Commissioner for research, enforcement, education, and information. 1969FDA begins administering Sanitation Programs for milk, shellfish, food service, and interstate travel facilities, and for preventing poisoning and accidents. These responsibilities were transferred from other units of the Public Health Service. 2011FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). FSMA provides FDA with new enforcement authorities related to food safety standards, gives FDA tools to hold imported foods to the same standards as domestic foods, and directs FDA to build an integrated national food safety system in partnership with state and local authorities FoodSafety
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