Consumer Protection

Thesis:
Due to the awareness of consumer protection, many laws and acts were passed to ensure the consumption of well treated and harmless foods by the people.

Prior to Reform:

  • Bad working conditions
  • No health codes
  • Bad equipment
  • No sanitation

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Significant People:

  • Consumer Protection, T. Roosevelt- His support pushed Congress to pass law

  • Upton Sinclair: The Jungle-exposed appalling working conditions in the meat packing industry-led to new federal food safety laws- "There would be meat stored in great piles in rooms; and the water from leaky roofs would drip over it, and thousands of rats would race about it."

-His book led to a meat-inspection legislation

  • Harvey Washington Wiley- 1898 "Embalmed Beef" scandal helped create laws to protect and treat food
  • Albert Beveridge- Wrote Meat Inspection amendment




Laws/Acts Passed:

  • Laws and Liberties of Massachusetts- Regulate price of bread and butter

- Sets standards for staves and barrels.

- Inspections used to ensure agreement with these regulations

  • Meat Inspection Act of 1906- Forced all meat packing companies to go through federal inspection before shipping


    - Passed because of Upton Sinclair's book
  • Pure Food and Drug Act (1906)- Made to stop all mislabeling of food and drug products.
- Passed in response to efforts led by people concerned with unsanitary conditions

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Packinghouses canned chemically treated rotten meat and sold to unsuspecting customers.







consumer-pro-umbrella.jpegComics made to create awareness of consumer protection