31 Dec '15, 11am

Preservatives: The Good, the Bad and the Essential

Preservatives: The Good, the Bad and the Essential

The federal Food and Drug Act that now regulates the use of preservatives in the United States owes its origins to just such a backlash in the early 1900s, when the then largely unknown writer, Upton Sinclair, released his book “The Jungle ” in 1906. Although Sinclair’s story actually had to do with the exploitation of immigrants in food-packing plants (and other industries), it was the unsanitary conditions of those plants and the largely unregulated substances that were being added to food that actually galvanized public outcry. Sinclair’s graphically depicted novel not only launched his writing career, but also forced the federal government to recognize the need for further testing and regulation of the preservatives being added to human foods. The Pure Food Act , born out of the populist support for safe and wholesome foods, gave rise to the creation of the FDA as well...

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