What is the FDA?
The FDA or Food and Drug Administration is a government agency responsible for protecting the general public of the United States’ safety and health through the implementation of regulations and standards regarding medications, medical devices, cosmetics, food, vaccinations, tobacco and dietary supplements. As a result of this seemingly all-encompassing regulatory responsibility, the FDA imposes various regulations in a number of areas.
Examples of FDA Regulations:
FDA Regulations concerning Commercial Cutting and Produce:
The United States Food and Drug Administration regulates the national food supply, including how food is harvested and distributed from local farms. More specifically, the fashion in how and which food is cut and transported are regulated by the FDA.
FDA Labeling Regulations for Restaurants:
The FDA imposes regulations on how restaurant menus label nutritional information; such FDA regulations must be adhered to in order to help consumers identify health options. This effort is instituted to reduce diet-related diseases, such as diabetes or obesity, by informing consumers to the caloric intake of their meal choices. The FDA determined that all food chains (those restaurants with 20 or more locations throughout the United States) must label their menu items so that consumers can choose dishes that are lower in calories or in general, make them more aware as to their caloric intake.
FDA Import Regulations:
The FDA published new regulations designed to keep the American public safe from foreign food threats. These FDA regulations allow the government to keep a close watch on food entering the United States, for imported foods are typically more vulnerable to contamination or terrorist threats. As of October 2003, the FDA requires all foreign and domestic food facilities to register with the agency.