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FDA (Federal and Drug Administration)

FDA (Federal and Drug Administration): The FDA is responsible for protecting the health of the public by ensuring products are safe and labeled properly. The FDA distributes registrations to food establishments that produce and manufacture safe, wholesome, and sanitary foods and establishments that ensure the safe use, manufacturing, repackaging, and distribution of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and biological products.

As of 2015, the agency regulates more than $1 trillion in consumer products, including:

The programs for safety regulation vary widely by the type of product, its potential risks, and the regulatory powers granted to the agency. For example, the FDA regulates almost every facet of prescription drugs, including testing, manufacturing, labeling, advertising, marketing, efficacy, and safety—yet FDA regulation of cosmetics focuses primarily on labeling and safety. The FDA regulates most products with a set of published standards enforced by a modest number of facility inspections.


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