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The muckrakers had successfully heightened public awareness of safety issues stemming from careless food preparation procedures and the increasing incidence of drug addiction from patent medicines. Public pressure forced a reluctant Congress to consider a Pure Food and Drug bill in 1906. The Pure Food and Drug Act was basically designed to prevent the adulteration and mislabeling of foods and pharmaceuticals
The Pure Food and Drug Act, enacted through the efforts of Harvey Wiley and Sinclair in 1906, gave consumers protection from dangerous and impure foods. All products must be clearly labeled and must explain a product which cannot be seen or judged by a consumer. This act solved problems concerning fraudulently labeled items.