On November 25, 1968, American journalist
and author Upton Sinclair died in Bound Brook, New Jersey. Sinclair wrote 90 books, but his most famous is The Jungle
. In The Jungle
, Sinclair exposed the unhealthy and inhumane conditions in the American meatpacking industry. The publication of this book in 1906 caused a public
outcry, and led to the passage of the first food
-safety laws in the United States. After an investigation into the conditions described in Sinclair’s book, the government
passed the Pure Food and Drug Act and Meat
Inspection Act, and created the Food and Drug Administration (FDA
) to make sure food produced in the U.S. was safe to eat.
The FDA continues to play an important role in determining what foods and medicines are safe to consume
. Chemists, biologists, and pharmacists now analyze
genetically modified foods as well as imported goods.