Today In History- June 30

Today In History- June 30


The United States Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act.

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Congress passes food and meat acts after controversial muckraking novel published.

  • Washington D.C., USA

After increased awareness from Progressive journalists, on June 30, 1906, Congress passed the Meat Inspection Act, and Food and Drug Act.  The laws were initiated primarily because of the exposure of the Chicago meat packing industry as specifically described in The Jungle, a novel by Upton Sinclair.  The muckraking journalists of the day sought reform, and the acts stipulated that all meat be inspected, and any unfit meat to be thrown out.  This was a dramatic victory in the Progressive Movement, and the American public became acutely aware of the ills of the food and meat industries that were so popular.

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