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What Foods are Under FDA Jurisdiction?

Saro Loucks

Saro Loucks

November 22, 2022

FSMA 204, FDA jurisdiction, FDA FSMA, food safety consulting, food safety software, third-party audit, HACCP plan

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating foods except for poultry, certain egg products, most livestock feed, and most pet food. So what does that mean? It means that the FDA oversees $1 trillion in food sales annually—more than half of all food sales in the United States! The FDA’s jurisdiction also includes inspecting imported foods and some domestic facilities as well as providing guidance on how to keep our food safe.

FDA is responsible for regulating foods except for poultry, certain egg products, most livestock feed, and most pet food.

FDA is responsible for regulating foods except for poultry, certain egg products, most livestock feed, and most pet food. As a result of this responsibility, FDA has the authority to regulate:

  • The manufacture and processing of foods
  • The labeling of food products
  • The advertising of food products

Arguably the biggest part of FDA’s food safety jurisdiction is its role in overseeing foods made by manufacturers and processors.

The Food and Drug Administration is also responsible for overseeing the safety of certain foods. Arguably the biggest part of FDA’s food safety jurisdiction is its role in overseeing foods made by manufacturers and processors. This includes meat, poultry, and eggs that are processed at a facility that also processes other animal products such as dairy products or seafood; alcoholic beverages; fruit juices; vegetables (including potatoes); grain-based mixes used to make breads, crackers, and cereals; canned foods; jams and jellies; canned frosting; canned whipped toppings; cake decorations made from vegetable fats (like buttercream); dry bakery fillings used in pies and cakes (such as cookie doughs); cake icing prepared with egg whites or meringue powder.

FDA oversees $1 trillion in food sales annually.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the majority of the nation’s food supply, including many things you might not expect to be under FDA jurisdiction. The FDA is responsible for ensuring that foods are safe and properly labeled. It also regulates vitamins, cosmetics and tobacco products. In short: if it’s on your table or in your medicine cabinet, chances are the FDA has approved it for sale in America.

The FDA estimates that its oversight enables $1 trillion worth of food sales annually — approximately 20% of all retail grocery spending — which is made possible by highly trained scientists who test ingredients from a variety of sources every day to make sure they’re safe for consumption.

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) brings food safety regulation into the future.

FSMA has new requirements for food producers to improve food traceability via FSMA rule 204 to make food recalls easier, quicker, more accurate and more effective.

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