The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act Ashley Nunez 1A
The FDCA is a set of laws passed by congress in 1938 • It was amended about 7 times between 1906-1935 • It is a national law of the United States
This act was introduced by the death of more than 100 patients. • The FDCA is best known by its use of naming food color additives • This act made the certification of food color additives mandatory. • The FDA lists nine food, drugs, and cosmetics certified color additives for use in foods and numerous drugs and cosmetics colorings allowed only in drugs for external application or cosmetics. • Color additives that come from natural sources are exempt • Both artificial and natural color additives are subject to standards of safety before their approval for use in foods. • This Act defines cosmetics as products for "cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance." In this sense the FDA can classify cosmetics without actually regulating them. This allows a manufacturer the ability to use ingredients or raw materials and market the final product without government approval.
It is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services • It is enforced by the United States Food and Drug administration