How does the FDA regulate food safety?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates food safety in many ways. It requires food suppliers to monitor their foods for the presence of organisms that can make people sick and endanger their health. Those tests are recorded and the FDA periodically audits producers to make sure they’re testing the way they’re supposed to. The FDA also inspects facilities and tests products to ensure that food producers are doing their job in keeping food safe to eat and free from dangerous bacteria.

Food is also labeled in a way that allows food regulators to track the food back to where it was made and where the ingredients came from. That way if someone gets sick in Indiana, the FDA can still protect people in New York who might be eating something made in the same factory.

Food makers generally follow these guidelines carefully because punishments ensue if they’re making potentially dangerous food. The FDA can halt production at a factory, seize entire batches of food, order a recall, halt the sale of a certain product or suspend a company’s ability to make food altogether if it finds the food is unsafe.

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