So back in the 1920's there was a pharma company that shipped out a poison as medicine and it was up to the Food and Drug Administration to recover all 240 gallons of this poison that was all over the country thanks to unreachable traveling salesmen and stuff. The situation actually did not fall under the FDA's jurisdiction at the time, but because it was technically mislabeled as an elixir, they had the authority to recall it. In the end, it killed 130 people but they say with the amount that was shipped out, it would have been 4000 or something like that had they not been able to do anything. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elixir_sulfanilamide
After this event they passed laws that the FDA can oversee all food and drugs and cosmetics and this is why the FDA has so much power nowadays.