The Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration is the federal agency in charge of making sure our food and drugs are safe for us to use. It is a regulatory agency that protects consumers through testing and enforcement. When new food or drug products are created, the FDA tests them for potential health hazards before they are given approval. Before taking any drugs, be sure to check that they are FDA approved first.
Also, any food or drug products that begin to show signs of hazards to public health, the FDA has the power to recall the product and have it pulled from the shelves of stores and markets to ensure public health. Companies and suppliers that do not comply with FDA guidelines can be fined or in some cases shut down.
The FDA Website is a handy tool for consumers interested in potentially hazardous products produced domesticly or abroad.