Students read excerpts about the origin and mission of the US Food and Drug Administration. After reading, students answer questions and complete a line-matching activity about what they’ve learned.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Minnesota | Unit 9: Great Depression and the New Deal" where students will explore how the Great Depression and its resultant expansion of the federal government affected Minnesota.
220.127.116.11.1: Explain why federal and state governments regulate economic activity to promote public well-being.
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- Class set of The Creation of the Food and Drug Administration handout
Tell the students that they will be learning about the US Food and Drug Administration, which is the branch of the federal government that makes sure our food and medicines are safe.
Distribute The Creation of the Food and Drug Administration handout. Have students read the article, underlining or circling important facts, key people, and dates.
After reading, students should answer the questions and complete the line matching activity at the bottom of the handout.
The Pure Food and Drugs Act
Lewis Caleb Beck
Harvey Washing Wiley
Food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and veterinary prescriptions
Events from the line matching section should be connected as follows:
1848—Lewis Caleb Beck starts running chemical analyses on agricultural products
1862—Department of Agriculture was created and took over the agricultural chemical analyses
1906—Upton Sinclair released a book exposing the dangers of the Chicago meatpacking facilities and their products
1906—The Pure Food and Drug Act was passed
1927—Bureau of Chemistry became the Food, Drug, and Insecticide Administration
1930—The Food, Drug, and Insecticide Administration shortened their name to what it is today: The Food and Drug Administration
1938—The enhanced Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed