Statement From U.S. Food and Drug Administration

One of the FDA’s highest priorities is the safety of the American food supply. Federal law requires that food is safe and properly labeled. For example, all food additives and color additives must be approved by FDA before market entry, and the labeling of food must be truthful and not misleading. We take food contamination and fraud very seriously and do take action when problems arise, especially if it appears that the adulteration was intentional. Consumers should rest assured that most of the practices illustrated in this video are not legal in the U.S. and any FDA-regulated product that violates or appears to the violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, may be subject to seizure, mandatory recall, or other enforcement action.

The FDA also monitors the food supply in a number of ways including through facility inspections, the FDA’s Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program, the Total Diet Study Program, Microbiological Surveillance Sampling, other sampling assignments and other surveillance, and works with companies to correct problems when they occur.

Consumers should be able to trust that the foods they eat are safe and videos like these can undermine the confidence consumers have in the FDA’s role in maintaining the safety our food supply. If consumers have experienced problems with food, we urge them to contact us and report the issue. We provide phone numbers for consumer complaint coordinators for each state, and have a web-based reporting form that consumers can either complete online or print out and mail.

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