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Location of FDA and its Predecessors in Federal Government

Year Designation and Location Statute
1839 Patent Office, Department of State 5 Stat. 353, 354 (1839)
1849 Chemical Laboratory of the Agricultural Division in the Patent Office, Department of the Interior
9 Stat. 395 (1849)
1862 Chemical Division, Department of Agriculture 12 Stat. 387 (1862)
1889 Chemical Division, United States Department of Agriculture 25 Stat. 659 (1889)
1890 Division of Chemistry, USDA 26 Stat. 282, 283
1901 Bureau of Chemistry, USDA 31 Stat. 922, 930 (1901)
1927 Food and Drug Insecticide Administration, USDA 44 Stat. 976, 1002 (1927)
1930 Food and Drug Administration, USDA 46 Stat. 392, 422 (1930)
1940 FDA, Federal Security Agency 54 Stat. 1234, 1237 (1940)
1953 FDA, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare 67 Stat. 631, 632 (1953)
1979 FDA, Department of Health and Human Services 93 Stat. 668, 695 (1979)
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