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Federal Drug Adminstration

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It consists of the Office of the Commissioner and four directorates overseeing the core functions of the agency: Medical Products and Tobacco, Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, and Operations.

FDA is responsible for

  • Protecting the public health by assuring that foods (except for meat from livestock, poultry and some egg products which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) are safe, wholesome, sanitary and properly labeled; ensuring that human and veterinary drugs, and vaccines and other biological products and medical devices intended for human use are safe and effective
  • Protecting the public from electronic product radiation
  • Assuring cosmetics and dietary supplements are safe and properly labeled
  • Regulating tobacco products
  • Advancing the public health by helping to speed product innovations

FDA's responsibilities extend to the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and other U.S. territories and possessions

Articles by Federal Drug Adminstration
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TRANSFORMATIVE KNOWLEDGE

Talking About Trans Fat

February 24, 2014, 11:00 AM
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Emergencies can strike at any time! It’s important to have a plan for you and your family to follow in the event of a natural disaster, disease outbreak or other dangerous situation. When making your plan, keep in mind that your family members may not all be in the same location and cell phones may be out of service.

Discuss your family’s plan and keep a copy of it at home and work so it’s easily accessible in the event of an emergency. This week, make an emergency go bag with the supplies listed on http://www.ready.gov/america/_downloads/checklist.pdf

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