FDA Food Safety Alerts
About the FDA
FDA is responsible for enforcing the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and other laws which are designed to protect consumers’ health, safety, and pocketbook.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the new Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) into law on June 24, 1938. The new law significantly increased federal regulatory authority over drugs by mandating a pre-market review of the safety of all new drugs, as well as banning false therapeutic claims in drug labeling without requiring that the FDA prove fraudulent intent. The law also authorized factory inspections and expanded enforcement powers, set new regulatory standards for foods, and brought cosmetics and therapeutic devices under federal regulatory authority. This law, though extensively amended in subsequent years, remains the central foundation of FDA regulatory authority to the present day.
More information on the FDA’s Role in the Food Industry
FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network
The CORE Network was created to manage not just outbreak response, but surveillance and post-response activities related to incidents involving multiple illnesses linked to FDA-regulated human and animal food and cosmetic products. CORE teams are multidisciplinary, and represent a stronger emphasis on the types of expertise needed to enhance the ways FDA handles both response and post-response activities related to incidents of illnesses linked to human and animal food.