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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Part of the US Department of Health and Human Services

What they do:

  • Protect American consumers by enforcing the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and related public health laws.
  • Jurisdiction over domestic and imported food sold in interstate commerce, including shell eggs, bottled water, wine beverages with less than 7 percent alcohol , but not meat and poultry
  • Sets labeling standards for food products
  • Inspects and approves food products for wholesomeness and safety
  • Develops codes and interpretations of regulations for use by business and state regulatory agencies.
  • Develops Good Manufacturing Practices, HACCP, and other production standards
  • May request a recall of unsafe food products

Branches:

  • Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN): Promotes public health by making sure that food is safe, nutritious and wholesome, and cosmetics are safe; food and cosmetics are honestly, accurately and informatively labeled.

Contact:

Regional FDA offices are located in the blue pages of the phone book.
FDA’s Outreach and Information Center:
Phone: 888-723-3366
Website: http://www.fda.gov
Website: http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CFSAN/