Food Safety: Information

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The Federal Food-Safety System: Too Many Cooks?

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Turkey Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Inspects meat, poultry, and processed-egg products.
Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Enforces regulations to protect animals and plants from pests and disease.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Performs food-safety research on agricultural products.
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) Performs research and education about food production including food-safety aspects.
Economic Research Service (ERS) Provides cost-benefit information on foodborne illness.
Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration (HHS/FDA)

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Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Inspects all foods except meat, poultry, and processed eggs.
Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Regulates animal drugs and medicated feeds.
National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) Researches biological mechanisms underlying the toxicity of products regulated by the FDA.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Monitors and reports foodborne illness in the U.S.
Treasury Department

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United States Customs Service (USCS) Ensures that all goods entering or exiting the U.S. meet regulations.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) Enforces food-safety laws governing alcoholic beverages.
Commerce Department

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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Operates a fee-for-service inspection program for seafood.
Other Departments

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Department of Defense (DOD) Regulates food eaten by military personnel.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sets drinking water and pesticide standards.