Category Archives: FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments, responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), veterinary products, and cosmetics.

The FDA also enforces other laws, notably Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act and associated regulations, many of which are not directly related to food or drugs. These include sanitation requirements on interstate travel and control of disease on products ranging from certain household pets to sperm donation for assisted reproduction.

The FDA is led by a Commissioner of Food and Drugs, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Commissioner reports to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 21st and current Commissioner is Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg. She has served as Commissioner since February 2009.

The FDA has its headquarters at Silver Spring, Maryland and has 223 field offices and 13 laboratories located throughout the 50 states, the United States Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. In 2008 the FDA started opening offices in foreign countries, including China, India, Costa Rica, Chile, Belgium, and the United Kingdom

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Gulf Seafood FDA Overhype

Gulf Seafood FDA Overhype Is the FDA Overhyping the Safety of Gulf Seafood? By Tom Philpott Is Gulf seafood safe to eat in the wake of BP’s massive oil spill last year? Absolutely, insists the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), … Continue reading

Rate this:

Posted in FDA, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Seafood | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog FDA Seafood Guide Lines Pregnant Women and Children

FDA Seafood Guide Lines Pregnant Women and Children Study: Gulf Seafood Unsafe for Pregnant Women and Children? By Meredith Melnick Is Gulf seafood safe to eat? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the green light following the BP oil … Continue reading

Rate this:

Posted in FDA, Seafood | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Seafood Safety Debate

Seafood Safety Debate Safety of Gulf seafood debated 8 months after BP oil spill By Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune New Orleanians LuAnn White and Patricia Williams are highly trained toxicologists, experts in food safety who agree on the lethal dangers … Continue reading

Rate this:

Posted in FDA, Samantha Joye, Seafood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Natural Resources Defense Council Report

Natural Resources Defense Council Report Are Gulf Residents Being Poisoned by Their Seafood? by Sarah Parsons Doctors recommend eating seafood because it’s low in fat and high in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. In other words, incorporating fish into diets can … Continue reading

Rate this:

Posted in FDA, Seafood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Seafood Consumption Rates

Seafood Consumption Rates It’s the Dose that Makes the Poison: How the FDA Is Not Protecting Many Gulf Coast Residents from Possible Seafood Hazards As Capitol Hill kicks off a series of holiday parties celebrating Gulf seafood, and Congressional Rep. … Continue reading

Rate this:

Posted in FDA, Seafood, Shrimp | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog FDA Dispersant

FDA Dispersant NOAA and FDA announce chemical test for dispersant in Gulf seafood All Samples Test Within Safety Threshold Building upon the extensive testing and protocols already in use by federal, state and local officials for the fishing waters of the … Continue reading

Rate this:

Posted in FDA | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment