Food and Drug Administration

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Predecessor• Food Drug Insecticide Administration
• Bureau of Chemistry USDA
• Division of Chemistry USDA
Formation1906
Parent organizationUnited States Public Health Service
HeadquartersWhite Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20993, USA
LeaderCommissioner of Food and Drugs
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Incumbent: Scott Gottlieb
Since 11 May 2017
Typeregulator
Subgroups• Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
• Center for Devices and Radiological Health
• Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
• Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
• Center for Tobacco Products
• Center for Veterinary Medicine
• National Center for Toxicological Research
• Office of Criminal Investigations
• Office of Regulatory Affairs
Staff14,824
Interest ofWhiteout Press

Official narrative

The regulatory agency charged with the safety of food and drug products.

Regulatory capture

Full article: Regulatory capture
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Of primary importance to the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA appears to be largely captured by outside forces.

Policy

Speaking about fructose, Robert H. Lustig has charged that the FDA "will only regulate acute toxins, not a chronic toxin".[1]

Food

80% of Pre-Packaged Foods in the USA contain chemicals which are banned in other countries.[2]

Drugs

A 2013 the United States Supreme Court ruled, as summarised by Whiteout Press, "that if the FDA says something is safe, it doesn’t matter if that decision is wrong or the result of lies, fraud or deception on the part of the world’s pharmaceutical companies. And there’s no way to sue the FDA for being wrong and costing millions of unsuspecting Americans their lives."[3]

In 2017 it was an analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that almost 1/3 of new drugs approved by the FDA over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected — sometimes life-threatening — side effects or complications.[4]

Cosmetics

The FDA does not require that cosmetics be tested for health and environmental impacts. Manufacturers have been using nanoparticles for decades without such a health impact study, although claiming that they provide "anti-aging benefits".[5]

 

Related Quotation

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Regulatory capture“The Food and Drug Administration. The FDA was charged with overseeing the manufacture of cereal, along with all other processed foods except meat and poultry, which were controlled by the Department of Agriculture. It steadfastly refused, however, to see sugar as a threat to the public's health. Moreover, it repeatedly declined to require food manufacturers to disclose, on their packaging, exactly how much sugar they were adding to their products... Where Washington had failed to act, two men working on behalf of the public took the Big Three on themselves. One was an enterprising dentist, Ira Shannon, with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston, who [in 1975], alarmed by the exploding rates of tooth decay he’d seen in his young patients, decided that he’d had enough. (By one estimate, there were at any given moment one billion unfilled cavities in American mouths.) So the dentist took a trip to his local supermarkets, brought seventy-eight brands of cereal back to his lab, and proceeded to measure the sugar content of each with damning precision. A third of the brands had sugar levels between 10 percent and 25 percent. Another third ranged up to an alarming 50%, and eleven climbed even higher still — with one cereal, Super Orange Crisps, packing a sugar load of 70.8%. When each cereal brand was cross-referenced with TV advertising records, the sweetest brands were found to be the ones most heavily marketed to kids during Saturday morning cartoons.”Michael Moss2013


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