Governments



U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND RELATED ORGANIZATIONS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY AND APPLIED NUTRITION CENTER FOR VETERINARY MEDICINE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE UNITED STATES ANIMAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION NATIONAL JOHNE'S WORKING GROUP ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY


FDA:- Food and Drug Administration


Overview


Governed by Department of Health and Human Services
Mission StatementPer FDA's website at:  www.fda.gov/opacom/morechoices/mission.html

To promote the public health by promptly and efficiently reviewing clinical research and taking appropriate action on the marketing of regulated products in a timely manner;

With respect to such products, protect the public health by ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome, sanitary, and properly labeled; human and veterinary drugs are safe and effective; there is reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of devices intended for human use; cosmetics are safe and properly labeled, and; public health and safety are protected from electronic product radiation;

Participate through appropriate processes with representatives of other countries to reduce the burden of regulation, harmonize regulatory requirements, and achieve appropriate reciprocal arrangements; and,

As determined to be appropriate by the Secretary, carry out paragraphs (1) through (3) in consultation with experts in science, medicine, and public health, and in cooperation with consumers, users, manufacturers, importers, packers, distributors and retailers of regulated products.


CommissionerMargaret Hamburg, M.D.
Web Pagehttp://www.fda.gov/
Overview

FDA develops standards for the composition, quality, nutrition and safety of foods, including food and color additives. It does research to improve detection and prevention of food contamination. It also sets standards for certain foods and enforces federal regulations on labeling, food and color additives, food sanitation and safety of foods.


Before proceeding further, we would encourage you to read the Important Developments Page prior to reading the rest of this webpage. This will give you some background which may be helpful in evaluating the action or inaction taken by FDA, and to assess PARA's Concerns in light of significant developments that have taken place around the world.


 

 

Introduction


FDA, a part of the Department of Health and Human Service, is responsible for ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of all foods sold in interstate commerce except for meat, poultry and eggs, all of which are under United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) jurisdiction.

Among the agencies within the FDA which hold responsibility for food safety are

   
   

PARA's Concerns


The comprehensive research agenda put forth by National Institute of Health's NIAID certainly paves the way for other agencies responsible for human health and food safety to exercise the precautionary principle and take immediate action to protect the public.

PARA is deeply concerned that there is nobody within any of the FDA centers responsible for food safety who is willing to take responsibility for dealing with the problem of MAP in foods derived from cattle. The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) are adamant that they hold no responsibility for human pathogens in food, and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)  have taken four different positions in the last year in relation to MAP in retail food supplies. PARA is also deeply concerned about any possible links between the dairy industry and food safety policy in relation to their products.  

Visit the above dedicated pages on CVM and CFSAN for detailed information.

   
   

Action You Can Take


Please visit PARA's "How to Help" section to learn how you can get involved in creating awareness about this vital issue. 


Source: http://www.crohns.org/governments/fda.htm   
Contact PARA: http://www.crohns.org/contact.htm
Paratuberculosis Awareness & Research Association, 1999-2003.