Carl L. Alsberg

Title

Carl L. Alsberg

Description

Carl L. Alsberg (April 2, 1877 October 31, 1940) was an American chemist who served as Commissioner of Food and Drugs from 1912 to 1921. After teaching at Harvard University, Alsberg went to work for the U.S. government in 1908, and within a few years was appointed the Chief of the United States Bureau of Chemistry, which would be renamed the Food and Drug Administration. In that role, Alsberg pursued an investigation into pepper adulteration at McCormick & Company which resulted in a fine and a court order that the company must label its product as "ground black pepper containing from 10 percent to 28 percent added pepper shells". Alsberg also investigated Monsanto's use of saccharin and the amount of caffeine in Coca-Cola.

Creator

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

Date

Unknown

Source

https://www.lib.berkeley.edu/uchistory/archives_exhibits/in_memoriam/images/larger/alsberg_carl.jpg

Relation

Wikipedia

See also: UCHDA

Rights

UC Berkeley

Publisher

UC Berkeley

Contributor

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

Format

Photograph

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Carl Alsberg, Chemistry, FDA, Adulteration, Monsanto, Coca-Cola, Safety

Coverage

United States

Files

https://www.lib.berkeley.edu/uchistory/archives_exhibits/in_memoriam/images/larger/alsberg_carl.jpg

Reference

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Carl L. Alsberg, UC Berkeley, Unknown

Cite As

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, “Carl L. Alsberg,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 15, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/676.