The FDA has a long history its beginning can be traced back to 1848 when Lewis Caleb Beck was assigned to analyze agriculture products. In 1862 the Department of Agriculture took over this procedure. The 1930’s was when the FDA got its current name. The reason for the creation of the FDA was to ensure that food was safe to eat. Harvey Wilson was an important force behind this movement. He helped drive what the FDA is today by ensuring that the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 passed thru congress.  (“U.S. department of,” 2011)

The FDA regulates, food, drugs, animal feed, and cosmetics. FDA began as a section of the Bureau of Chemistry. The name of the Bureau of Chemistry changed to Food, Drug, and Insecticide Administration in 1927; it then received its current name in 1930. In 1940 the department was moved from the department of Agriculture to the Federal Security Agency. In 1953 the department of Department of Health, Education, and Welfare received control of the FDA. Later the Education was removed from the name; the FDA is still part of this department. (“U.S. department of,” 2011)

Today, while the FDA still regulates how food is manufactured, it has enlarged its scope. They now regulate food on airplanes and unnecessary radiation from electronic products, hazardous toys, and poisons. The FDA has grown tremendously over the years from a beginning in where the only concern was what went into our food, to a varied goal of keeping the American consumer safe.(“U.S. department of,” 2011)


U.S. department of health and human services. (2011). Retrieved from usda.gov



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