Consumer Protection

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


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


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

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