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Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The FDA’s responsibilities include protecting the health of the public by assuring safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics and all products emitting radiation. Other FDA responsibilities include advancing public health by speeding the development of innovations that make food and drugs safer, more affordable and effective, and to increase knowledge of medicines and foods the public use through accurate, science-based information.


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