What doesn’t FDA regulate? How do I contact the agencies that do?
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FDA does not regulate:

  • advertising (except for prescription drugs, medical devices, and tobacco products)
  • alcoholic beverages
  • some consumer products, such as paint, child-resistant packages, baby toys, and household appliances (except for those that give off radiation)
  • illegal drugs of abuse, such as heroin and marijuana
  • health insurance
  • meat and poultry (except for game meats, such as venison, ostrich, and snake)
  • restaurants and grocery stores
  • vaccines for infectious animal diseases

FDA shares the responsibility for regulating these products with other government agencies:

  • pesticides (FDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency regulate these)
  • water (FDA regulates the labeling and safety of bottled water, while the Environmental Protection Agency develops national standards for drinking water from municipal water supplies)

Find out the names and contact information for the agencies that regulate the products above.


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