The FDA is a huge asset for companies and consumers alike. They make sure that what is being sold to the consumers is safe and meets regulations. The responsibilities of the FDA spans across all 50 states and includes the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands, as well as other territories owned by the United States. Without the FDA, the food and drug industry would be equivalent to the Wild West, and the quality of goods being sold would not be up to the standards the FDA has employed to keep the public healthy and informed.
WHAT IS THE FDA
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in charge of protecting the health of the public, while being responsible for ensuring the effectiveness and safety of drugs, biological products, devices used in the medical field, food supply, cosmetics and products that contain and emit radiation. The FDA makes sure they provide information to the public that will help speed along innovation for more effective and safe food and drug products, so that the public may maintain and increase their health as efficiently as possible. Interestingly enough, the FDA also plays a role in the nation’s counterterrorism effort, by making sure the food supply is safe and the medical products being developed are capable of combatting health threat that emerge naturally.
BREAKING DOWN THE FDA’S RESPONSIBILITIES
So, what exactly is the FDA responsible for? Along with the items listed above, the FDA also plays a large role in regulating the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of products containing tobacco. This aids in the effort to combat use of tobacco products by those that are underage. The FDA makes sure that foods and drugs are labeled correctly and are free of any contaminants that could make the public become sick. This excludes food items, such as meat and poultry, as they are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
To break down the list into categories, here are some of the many areas that the FDA help to regulate, in efforts to keep the public safe and healthy while improving the health of consumers:
- Medical Devices
- E-Products Emitting Radiation
- Veterinary Products
The FDA also has connections to other government agencies that are responsible for protecting public safety and health such as:
- FTC (Federal Trade Commission) – Responsible for Advertising
- EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) – Responsible for Water Quality Standards and Regulation of Harmful Pesticides
- APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) – Responsible for Vaccines for Animal Diseases
- TTB (Tax and Trade Bureau) – Responsible for Alcohol & Tobacco Trade, Production, Distribution and Labeling
- CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) – Responsible for Safety Assurance of Consumer Products
- DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) – Responsible for Regulating Laws Surrounding Controlled Substances
- FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) – Responsible for Regulating Meats and Poultry Item Quality, Handling and Storage
HOW THE FDA HELPS THE HEMP INDUSTRY
So now that you know how important the FDA is to the public health and safety, you understand what role they play in the regulation of CBD in the Hemp Industry. Without the FDA, many CBD companies would be permitted to sell products that were mislabeled, inaccurate, not up to standards, low quality and potentially unsafe. Instead, the FDA ensures that these problems never arise by creating regulations for CBD that provide clear boundaries and guidelines to the manufacturing, producing, handling, labeling and storage of these products.
By the FDA helping to shape the decision of these CBD companies and pushing them to make the best decision possible, they are actually helping the company, as well as the consumers, who are ingesting these products by making sure that the public is only consuming products that are safe.
The FDA has one mission, and that is to protect the public’s health and safety. The Administration is doing a service for the CBD and Hemp Industry by enforcing regulations to ensure that the CBD products that are being sold are legit, legal, effective and safe. This can give companies and consumers alike the same confidence that the products being sold meet the regulations are being monitored by an administration that takes the health of the public very seriously. We are thankful that the FDA is extremely competent and on top of making sure only the best CBD products are delivered!
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