ENFORCEMENT OF THE FOOD, DRUG, AND COSMETIC ACT
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency responsible for
enforcing the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The Food and Drug Administration
employees perform a variety of duties to ensure that the foods, drugs, and cosmetics
we use are safe and meet prescribed standards. When those standards of purity and
safety are violated, FDA officials have the authority to seize products to protect our lives
and health. It is not the intent of this subcourse to discuss in detail the FDA or its
functions. However, if you have specific interest in the FDA you should examine the
FDA Consumer, a journal of the organization. Figures 2-1 through 2-3 contain excerpts
from this journal.
Figure 2-1. An article about a defective drug product.
Figure 2-2. An article about the defective packaging of a cola drink.