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Formed to regulate the content and safety of consumer drugs and food, the FDA was established as a government agency in 1930. Some of the specific functions of the FDA are regulating data on food labels, overseeing clinical trials for new drugs and investigating consumer complaints about food and drugs.

Current Events

Congress investigates consulting company that delayed removal of harmful pharmaceutical products from shelves. See ABC News article.

Investigations in New York City and Seattle attempt to quantify harmful effects of diacetyl, a component of artificial butter, on cooks who inhale it. See Seattle PI article.

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