Twenty years of major public health protection have been provided since enactment of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938. The Food and Drug Administration, a constituent of the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, enforces this Act and thereby carries out the purpose of Congress to insure that foods are safe, pure, and wholesome, and made under sanitary conditions; drugs and therapeutic devices are safe and effective for their intended uses; cosmetics are safe and prepared from appropriate ingredients; and that all of these products are honestly and informatively labeled and packaged. Man and animals are provided for in this law.
Irvin Kerlan, Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act - 20 Years of Health Protection, 8 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 89 (1959)