Food and Drug Law

Food and Drug Law, Statutes at Large, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Federal Legislative History
Benjamin Boron



Civilization has long been concerned with the quality and safety of foods and medicines. Up until the late 20th century, there were few laws regulating the ingredients of food products or the misrepresentation of medicinal substances.

On June 30, 1906, Congress passed the Pure Food and Drug Act which was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt and was a key piece of Progressive Era legislation. This was the first of a series of significant consumer protection laws enacted by Congress in the 20th century that eventually led to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration in 1930.

The Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency of the United States and is responsible for protecting and promoting public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for regulating the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors.

Click here to view a timeline of significant dates in the United States over the last 200 years regarding Food and Drug Law.

A search across all HeinOnline databases for “food and drug administration”~10 produces more than 170,000 results. To limit the results to the Law Journal Library only, use the facets on the left-hand side of the screen and then sort the journal results by Volume Date (Newest First) to find the most recent material published in law review articles relating to this material.


HeinOnline's U.S. Federal Legislative History Library contains more than 2,400 titles and allows users to research legislative intent behind major public laws and follow the progression of a bill from its introduction to its passage. Sources of Compiled Legislative Historiesa database version of Nancy Johnson's well-known book, is available within HeinOnline's U.S. Federal Legislative History Library. Use this database by selecting it from the collection homepage. Navigate to the public law by selecting the Congress and the corresponding Public Law number.

To search for the compiled federal legislative history of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act without knowing the Congress or public law number, use the Browse by: Publication Title option to navigate to the act's title.


Not only does this database contain the link to the full text of the compiled legislative history for the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, but it also provides additional resources such as books and law review articles. Anything available within HeinOnline is hyperlinked.


United States Statutes at Large features comprehensive coverage of every law, public and private, ever enacted by Congress. Users may browse this database by Volume, Popular Name, or Public Law Number.


To find the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, select Browse by Popular Name and scroll down to the Act itself. If you have the public law number available, you may select the Congress number to find the Public Law.



The U.S. Congressional Documents also contain a wealth of information relating to food safety, including the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (P.L. 111-353), which is a CRS Report on the public law. This act was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, with a purpose to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply.

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