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Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993


Chief of StaffLauren Silvis

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protects the public health by ensuring the safety, security, and efficacy of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, the Nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA also advances the public health by accelerating innovations to make medicines more effective and by providing the public with accurate, science-based information on medicines and food to improve health. The agency plays a significant role in the Nation's counterterrorism capability by ensuring the security of the food supply.

Sources of Information

Animal and Veterinary Recalls

The FDA posts animal and veterinary recall information—brand name, date of recall, company name, product description, and the reason or problem—on its Web site.

A–Z Index

The FDA's Web site features an alphabetical index to help visitors search for specific topics or browse content that aligns with their interests.

Career Opportunities

The FDA relies on attorneys, biologists, chemists, consumer safety officers, engineers, information technology specialists, medical officers, microbiologists, pharmacists, pharmacologists, statisticians, and other professionals to carry out its mission.


The FDA describes cigarettes with three words: attractive, addictive, and deadly. Cigarettes are designed to be attractive and addictive. The FDA's infographic "How a Cigarette is Engineered" explains the role design plays in attraction and addiction.


The FDA posts answers to the questions that consumers frequently ask about cosmetic safety and regulation.

Foodborne Illnesses

The FDA regulates human and animal food. It posts information on recent foodborne illness outbreaks on its Web site.

Recalls / Safety Alerts

Information gathered from press releases and other public notices on certain recalls of FDA-regulated products is available online.

For further information contact the Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993. Phone, 888-463-6332.