#1080 – 1956 3¢ Pure Food and Drug Act

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U.S. #1080
1956 3¢ Pure Food and Drug Act

 
Issue Date: June 27, 1956
City:  Washington, D.C.
Quantity: 112,932,200
Printed by:
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method:  Rotary Press
Perforations:
 10 ½ x 11
Color:  Dark blue green
 
U.S. #1080 marks the 50th anniversary of the Pure Food and Drug Act, passed in 1906. The Act was landmark legislation that improved consumer protection. It was passed in response to growing public awareness of practices in food preparation and medicine. Certain drugs, like alcohol, cocaine, heroin, morphine, and cannabis, had to be accurately labeled and identified. The Act paved the way for the founding of the Food and Drug Administration. 
 
Passing the Act
Events like the publishing of The Jungle, a book by Upton Sinclair released in the same year, exposed unsafe conditions in the U.S. food industry. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was highly critical of Sinclair, but responded to public outcry by arranging surprise inspections of the meat-packing industry. Even though meat-packers learned of the visits, the inspectors were so revolted by their discoveries that passage of the Act soon followed.
 
 
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U.S. #1080
1956 3¢ Pure Food and Drug Act

 
Issue Date: June 27, 1956
City:  Washington, D.C.
Quantity: 112,932,200
Printed by:
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method:  Rotary Press
Perforations:
 10 ½ x 11
Color:  Dark blue green
 
U.S. #1080 marks the 50th anniversary of the Pure Food and Drug Act, passed in 1906. The Act was landmark legislation that improved consumer protection. It was passed in response to growing public awareness of practices in food preparation and medicine. Certain drugs, like alcohol, cocaine, heroin, morphine, and cannabis, had to be accurately labeled and identified. The Act paved the way for the founding of the Food and Drug Administration. 
 
Passing the Act
Events like the publishing of The Jungle, a book by Upton Sinclair released in the same year, exposed unsafe conditions in the U.S. food industry. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was highly critical of Sinclair, but responded to public outcry by arranging surprise inspections of the meat-packing industry. Even though meat-packers learned of the visits, the inspectors were so revolted by their discoveries that passage of the Act soon followed.