Glossary Term

Food & Drug Administration

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is the government’s oldest comprehensive agency geared at consumer protection activities, dating from 1906, and it aims to ensure the safety of:

  • Food and food ingredients sold in the U.S.
  • Baby formula
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • Medical devices
  • Veterinary drugs and animal food
  • Cosmetics
  • Biologic medical products
  • Products that emit radiation
  • Tobacco products

The FDA is not the primary regulator for meat, poultry, and eggs. Those food items come under the purview of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), though the FDA does contribute toward their regulation in many cases.

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