Last updated on: 1/21/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"
Reasoning:

“FDA agrees… that obesity is a disease.”

“Regulations on Statements Made for Dietary Supplements Concerning the Effect of the Product on the Structure or Function of the Body; Final Rule,” fda.gov, Jan. 6, 1999

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“FDA is the federal agency responsible for ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome and sanitary; human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective; cosmetics are safe; and electronic products that emit radiation are safe. FDA also ensures that these products are honestly, accurately and informatively represented to the public.”

“What FDA Regulates,” fda.gov (accessed Jan. 21, 2010)

Mission:

“The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.”

“What We Do,” fda.gov (accessed Jan. 21, 2010)

Other:
Federal government agency
Contact Info:
Phone
888-463-6332
Email
webmail@oc.fda.gov
Website
www.fda.gov