Below, please find some of the most important federal laws related to food integrity. Each is linked to the actual text of the law.
This Act regulates the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated, misbranded, poisonous or deleterious foods and drugs. This Act ultimately gave rise to the FDA.
This consumer safety law was passed shortly after Upton Sinclair’s groundbreaking book, The Jungle, brought attention to the revolting conditions in slaughterhouses. The Act gives the USDA authority over meat inspection and monitoring.
This statute gives FDA the power to oversee food, drugs and cosmetics, along with the authority to regulate artificial coloring and additives.
This Act gives the USDA authority to regulate poultry products, and provide the public with assurances that poultry is properly labeled and wholesome.
This Act proscribes certain inhumane activities pertaining to the slaughter of feed animals. This Act does not cover poultry.
This Act gives the USDA authority to regulate egg product. Egg product is considered eggs outside of the shell. FDA is responsible for intact eggs.
This Act gives the FDA mandatory recall authority, improves food import safety, and provides groundbreaking whistleblower protections for industry workers.