Food and Drug Administration

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Predecessor • Food Drug Insecticide Administration
• Bureau of Chemistry USDA
• Division of Chemistry USDA
Formation 1906
Type regulator
Headquarters White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20993, USA
Leader Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Scott Gottlieb.jpg
Incumbent: Scott Gottlieb
Since 11 May 2017
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
Staff 14,824
Interest of Whiteout Press

Official narrative

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

Regulatory capture

Full article: Stub class article Regulatory capture

Of primary importance to the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA appears to be largely captured by outside forces.


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


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


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]


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]