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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


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Science & Research (Food)

FDA invests significant resources in research to:

  • Further scientific knowledge about potential food hazards

  • Expand on best safety practices

  • Better understand how consumers access, prepare, and use the foods they serve and eat

This section provides information about FDA’s lab methods, research areas, and projects. You can also access selected scientific publications, presentations, and teaching tools.

Laboratory Methods

FDA sets scientific standards for testing foods for various contaminants, and in the case of fish, to confirm identity of the species. Labs and food companies worldwide use these standards to make sure that food products are safe to eat and drink. 


Learn about FDA's biotechnology policy and consultation procedures. This section provides information for developers of bioengineered and genetically engineered plants.

Research Areas & Projects

FDA works across a number of research areas that support the agency's overall mission to promote and protect public health. Our research helps inform FDA’s efforts aimed at improving consumer food safety behaviors. We also help ensure that regulatory decisions about foods are science-based and transparent. Learn more about FDA's research areas and projects:

Tools & Materials