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This guide provides an introduction to and tips on researching federal food, drug, and cosmetic law - a complex area governed by more than twenty federal statutes as well as voluminous regulations. This guide will focus most closely on the Food and Drug Administration and related resources, although other federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission are also active in regulating in this area.
Introductory and background information on federal food, drug, and cosmetic law can be found in the following sources:
Cornell Legal Information Institute food and drug law page
This site provides an overview as well as a resources page with links to primary authorities.
Food and Drug Administration: What We Do The agency Web site provides a quick overview plus FAQs related to the agency's statutory authority, activities, and publications.
Renee Johnson, Cong. Research Serv., RS 22600, The Federal Food Safety System: A Primer (2014)
This CRS Report provides a good introduction to the topic of food safety and the agencies involved in food safety.
James T. O'Reilly, Food and Drug Administration (3rd ed. 2007) (KF3871 .O74 2007) Also available on Westlaw (UM Law only)
This two-volume treatise is updated regularly and covers the organization and enforcement procedures of the FDA, as well as general overviews of relevant regulatory areas. Appendixes include forms and tables of cases, statutes, and regulations.
Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Explanations Available on CCH IntelliConnect (Food, Drugs, and Devices > Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Explanations) (UM Law only)
Navigate to Food, Drugs, and Devices > Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Explanations for the background information available here.
Related Research Guides
For more information please see:
Locating and Updating Federal Administrative Materials in the Thurgood Marshall Law Library Guide to Legal Research
UM Agricultural Law Education Initiative LibGuide