The Oldest Consumer Protection Agency

A U.S. government agency within the Department of Health and Human Services protects public health by ensuring the safety and effectiveness of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation

Advancing Public Health

The FDA is the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the US federal government. Since 1848, the federal government has used chemical analysis to monitor the safety of agricultural products. This task was taken over by the Department of Agriculture in 1862 and later by the FDA.

FDA regulations govern medical devices, food safety, dietary supplements, biological products, and cosmetics to ensure that these products are properly labeled and safe to use. The FDA issues recalls for food and other products that may be unsafe.

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