The Hepburn Act of 1906, is a United States federal law that gave Interstate Commerce Commission the power to set maximum rates and extend its jurisdiction.
This act was named for its sponsor, twelve-term Republican congressman William Peters Hepburn.
The major goal of this act that was followed by the Elkins Act of 1903, was railroad regulation.
The Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906 came about due to conditions of the meat packing industry, that had been detailed in a great depth in Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel, "The Jungle." The meat packing industry had become a sprawling economic business with the sharp increase in population in the United States.
What the original Meat Inspection Act of 1906 had input for law was that the Secretary of Agriculture had to inspect the meat and condemn it if it was unfit for human consumption
There were four primary requirements of the Meat Inspection Act of 1906. These four primary requirements were; One, there must be an inspection of slaughtered meat. Two, a mandatory inspection of the carcass. Three, sanitary standards of slaughterhouses and meat processing plants. Four, authorized U. S. Department of Agriculture must have ongoing