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US Food & Drug Administration at Maryland

US Food & Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20993 | 888-463-6332
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US Food and Drug Administration

Not far from DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bethesda is the new campus of the United States Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. Part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA's mission is to ensure the safety of the national food supply, as well as drugs for humans and animals. It also researches vaccines, radiation products, cosmetics and tobacco products. It's divided into several offices that specialize in different disciplines, including toxicological research, product recalls, women's health initiatives and veterinary medicine.



- Call 1-888-INFO-FDA to find out about visiting the Silver Springs, MD offices.


- If you are interested in working for the FDA, visit their website to get started.

Duties of the FDA

  • Food testing
  • Drug safety
  • Biomedical research

FDA Organization

  • Office of the Commissioner
  • Office of Global Regulatory Operations & Policy
  • Office of Medical Products & Tobacco
  • Office of Operations
  • Office of Food & Veterinary Medicine


  • History of the FDA

    The Food and Drug Administration has been in operation as an arm of the federal government since 1848, but it got its name in 1930. Its first function was to analyze the chemical composition of agricultural products to protect consumers. Over generations, its duties have expanded and changed because the world has changed. Today, the FDA inspects the safety of drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, biological and radioactive products, and food.
  • What are some interesting FDA food facts?

    Check out the FDA website for all kinds of fascinating information on everything from food allergies to transfats. Did you know that if you serve a buffet at your party, it's best to throw out food after it's been sitting around for 2 hours? Another "cool" fact: your refrigerator temperature should be set at 40 degrees F or below. The freezer should be kept at 0 degrees F.

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