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If you’re looking for a simple, engaging way to learn about food and drug law and fulfill your continuing legal education (CLE) requirements, look no further than Quimbee CLE online.
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The United States has long regulated food and drug production. The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, P.L. 59-384, was the first major food regulation passed by Congress. The primary goal of that act was to ban the sale of adulterated or mislabeled food and drug products.
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the primary regulator of the food and drug industry. The FDA began as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Chemistry, but it did not have significant regulatory power until the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938, 21 U.S.C. § 301. Today, the FDA regulates $1 trillion worth of products a year, overseeing food safety, tobacco products, prescription medications, vaccines, cosmetics, and more.
The FDA is granted broad authority to enforce its regulations. The agency’s enforcement power ranges from issuing warning letters to criminal prosecutions. A felony conviction under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act can result in fines and imprisonment up to three years.
The FDA has wide-reaching powers, affecting the work of attorneys across a number of disciplines. Because of the FDA’s influence, it’s vital that any lawyer who might come into contact with FDA regulations understands the latest developments in food and drug law. These lawyers can include commercial law attorneys representing food and drug manufacturers, agricultural lawyers, and even practitioners representing small, artisanal food businesses. The best way to stay updated on this area of law is through a Quimbee CLE course—try one today!