How is food production regulated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an enormous agency with many roles, including being responsible for the safety of food and its production. The FDA regulates all aspects of food production from the cleanliness of the factory floors to the levels of bacteria allowable in various foods.

The modern food industry has mostly shifted production away from local making of food to industrial production of food that then gets shipped to locations across the nation. While farmer’s markets are making a comeback in a big way, they don’t come anywhere near competing.

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