“The conditions shown by even this short inspection to exist in the Chicago stock yards are revolting”
In this cover letter to the Neill-Reynolds report, President Theodore Roosevelt urged Congress to immediately enact legislation to provide for meat inspection and establish sanitary conditions for the meatpacking industry. Three months earlier author & journalist Upton Sinclair had written to Roosevelt, detailing many of the industry’s practices.
Message from President Theodore Roosevelt to the House of Representatives and the Senate, 06/04/1906
January is National Hot Tea Month
With milk, sugar, honey, lemon or plain? How will you take your tea to celebrate National Hot Tea Month?
No mercy for bad eggs:
The Bureau of Chemistry inspectors approached their work as detectives on a mission to protect consumers. This photo shows inspectors burning crates of contaminated frozen eggs. Item from the Records of the Food and Drug Administration, 1877 - 2002.
See this photograph in the exhibit What’s Cooking Uncle Sam? at the National Archives. The exhibit closes on January 3rd.
Scared of a little “Mystery Meat?”
If you really want to be scared by food, don’t miss “Food Frights” on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the National Archives Building with David Gregory of “Meet the Press” and Chef José Andrés.
And be sure to visit the National Archives’ “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” exhibit and see the records that document why the Government became involved in food safety.
What food frightens you?
July 22 - Rat Catcher’s Day
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