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The United States Code (U.S.C.) is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by general topic into 53 sections. The section that directly relates to food is Title 21, however other titles may relate directly or indirectly to food safety laws.
Additional Resources for Finding Laws, Policies, and Regulations
"Regulations.gov is your source for information on the development of Federal regulations and other related documents issued by the U.S. government. Through this site, you can find, read, and comment on regulatory issues that are important to you."
FDA Food Code
A model code and reference document that promotes “uniform implementation of national food regulatory policy among the several thousand federal, state, and local agencies and tribes that have primary responsibility for the regulation or oversight” of food in food service establishments, retail stores, vending operations, and institutions such as nursing homes and child care centers.
"Gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies."
National Agricultural Law Center
"The National Agricultural Law Center is the only agricultural law research and information facility that is independent, national in scope, and directly connected to the national agricultural information network. As a result of the expanding scope of agricultural law and its convergence with related areas, the Center also includes food law in the scope of its coverage."
Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
"By focusing on public policy, food laws, and regulations that have national and international implications for the food industry, research, and consumer food safety, IFT keeps science at the center of related decision making. You’ll learn the latest information on safety, defense, labeling and marketing, import/export requirements, and other food-related concerns."
Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)
"The Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe. GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day."
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
Works to "create and advance industry policies on all food and agriculture biotechnology issues related to international affairs, government relations, science and regulatory affairs, and media and public affairs. [They] work for a safe and clean supply of healthy food for a growing global population."
National Food Processors Association (NFPA)
"NFPA is the voice of the $500 billion food processing industry on scientific and public policy issues involving food safety, nutrition, technical and regulatory matters and consumer affairs."