FDA at War: Securing the Food That Secured Victory

August 1998

Issue: 53 Food and Drug Law Journal 453-512 (1998)

World War II was a crucial and unique period in the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) history. Soon after receiving a greatly expanded mandate through the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act the agency had to deal with the tremendous increase in production by regulated industries and with the extensive involvement by other government agencies in the wartime economy. This article describes how FDA met these challenges during the war, and further suggests that FDA's wartime experience has influenced the subsequent development of American administrative practice to a much greater extent than generally has been acknowledged.


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