Federal Government Agencies Responsible for Food

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Recently, I have been reading through Neal Fortin’s book titled “Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy & Practice”.   Fortin has a helpful chart illustrating the federal government agencies that regulate food.  The federal agencies and responsibilities are as follows:

Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”): drinking water, pesticide residues

Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”): food (excluding meat and poultry), drugs (including both over the counter and prescriptions), dietary supplements, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water, seafood, wild game/ exotic meat, and eggs in a shell

Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”): advertising

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”): alcohol

U.S. Department of Agriculture: raw vegetables/fruits, meats, poultry, eggs (processing and grading)

Which food products are you involved with?  For those of you that are interested in learning more about the exciting world of food law, I highly recommend checking out this book.

I get a lot of inquiries from law students and attorneys who are interested in building a food and agriculture law practice.  I have a conference call via Skype on the first Friday of every month from 2-3pm ET to talk about these issues.  I do, however, recommend reading this book – it’s been an excellent resource for a research project that I’m doing for a client.  Additionally, I’ll be moderating at CLE on May 30th for the ABA GP Solo Agriculture Law Committee on Food Labeling – save the date!

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