Muckraker Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

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In the early 1900s, food safety was an incredibly unfamiliar and overlooked part of America’s food industry. Written by muckraker Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, was a controversial novel that depicted the harsh living and working conditions of immigrants working in the food industry. After the release of The Jungle, thousands of meat-eating Americans were horrified at what had been happening in factories. Disgusting yet accurate details presented in The Jungle were the basis for the creation of laws to stop food production from becoming so unsanitary.
The Jungle follows a young Lithuanian immigrant named Jurgis Rudkis and his teenage wife Ona. Together, the couple struggles to provide for themselves and for Ona’s family. Jurgis maintains a job
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The public was finally aware about the horrid conditions inside meat plants. Hundreds of thousands of meat-eating Americans were shocked and infuriated at how unsanitary their food could be. However, Americans seemed to be angrier about the treatment of the food, than of the treatment of the workers. President Theodore Roosevelt received a multitude of letters from consumers demanding laws be created to protect the meat in meat-packing factories. Roosevelt decided to assign people to visit Chicago and inspect meat-packing plants. After hearing of the president 's orders, a multitude of owners had their workers thoroughly clean the plants before the inspectors arrived. Though the workers did follow orders and clean the plants, the inspectors were still completely horrified at the conditions they experienced. Congress then passed the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906, which made it illegal to misbrand products containing meat, and ensured that meat was processed under sanitary conditions only. Another law passed was the Pure Food and Drug Act. This banned the production, transportation, and selling of mislabeled or tainted food. Still wanting to uphold the safety of American consumers, Roosevelt co-founded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is responsible for protecting and advocating for healthy food, as well as supervising the production of food and pharmaceutical drugs. After the creation of these, and numerous other laws, consumers’ trust in the food industry increased, and meat sales were high
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