Food and Drug Safety Legislation

Major Federal Food and Drug Laws

In the United States, food and drug safety is regulated through a variety of federal, state, and local laws and government organizations. This complex web of enforcement agencies and regulations works to cover all aspects of food and drug safety, from drug approvals to food labeling to restaurant sanitation. With regard to food safety, continual monitoring is provided by food inspectors, microbiologists, epidemiologists, and other food scientists working for city and county health departments, state public health agencies, and various federal departments and agencies. Some monitor only one kind of food, such as milk or seafood. Others work within a specified geographic area. Others are responsible for only one type of food establishment, such as restaurants or meatpacking plants. The ...

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