Happy Halloween & Safe Trick-or-Treating!
The FDA created a simple display in 1933 to illustrate problems with the current food and drug laws. The exhibit generated a buzz in the media. These photos from the show demonstrate the way that consumers could be fooled or endangered by certain products.
This kind of mystery meat is more trick than treat!
Halloween is right around the corner, and at the National Archives we are well versed in the creepiest, weirdest records of the Federal government. Here’s one of our favorites that’s sure to make you shudder with fear (or at least skip a meal).
In the mood for more creepy records? See the rest at: Weird Records from the Depths of the Archives
What’s the creepiest food you’ve ever had?
For #BannedBooksWeek and author Upton Sinclair’s 135th birthday (belated!), born September 20, 1878.
In honor of Banned Books Week, here’s a letter to President Theodore Roosevelt from Upton Sinclair, whose novel “The Jungle” has been banned in banned in Yugoslavia, East Germany, South Korea, and Boston.
In this letter, Sinclair wrote to President Roosevelt, supported the presence of federal inspectors in the meat-packing houses.
He advised that inspectors should come disguised as workingmen to discover the true conditions, as Sinclair did when he researched his book “The Jungle.”
(PS: Best to avoid reading this at mealtimes.)
"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
In this March 10, 1906 letter to President Theodore Roosevelt, author Upton Sinclair supported the presence of federal inspectors in the meat-packing houses. He advised that inspectors should come disguised as workingmen to discover the true conditions, as Sinclair did when he researched his book “The Jungle.”
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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