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Food and Drug Administration

 (FDA)
an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services whose principal purpose is to enforce the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The agency insures that foods for sale in the United States are safe, pure, and wholesome; that drugs and therapeutic devices are safe and effective; that cosmetics are harmless; and that all these products are correctly labeled and packaged. The FDA is also responsible for enforcing the federal act that requires informative labels on any household product that is toxic, corrosive, irritant, or inflammable or generates pressure through decomposition or heat.

If a product in interstate commerce is proved to be faulty, the FDA is authorized to bring court action or seize the adulterated or incorrectly labeled merchandise and to prosecute the responsible person or company.

Food and Drug Administration

A federal agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services that is charged with ensuring the American consumer is protected from injury, unsanitary food and health fraud. The FDA was established in 1931 under the Department of Agriculture, transferred in 1953 to the Federal Security Agency and in 1979 to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. It enforces the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (first enacted in 1938, and amended several times), the Fair Packaging and Labelling Act, the sections of the Public Health Service Act that relate to biological products, and the Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act.

The FDA consists of centres for Biologicals Evaluation and Research, Drug Evaluation and Research, Food Safety, Radiological Health and Toxicological Health; the FDA’s most visible roles in healthcare are in the approval process for new drugs and medical devices, and in evaluating the efficacy of various therapies.

Food and Drug Ad·min·i·stra·tion

(F.D.A.) (fūd drŭg ad-min'i-strā'shŭn)
The U.S. federal agency charged with oversight of all issues related to the safety of pharmaceuticals and alimentation.

Food and Drug Ad·min·i·stra·tion

(F.D.A.) (fūd drŭg ad-min'i-strā'shŭn)
The U.S. federal agency charged with oversight of all issues related to the safety of pharmaceuticals and alimentation.
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