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Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine

The Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine is responsible, on behalf of the Commissioner, for providing all elements of FDA's Foods Program leadership, guidance, and support to achieve the Agency's public health goals.


Effective March 31, 2019, FDA will begin operational implementation of an agency reorganization. FDA’s reorganization reflects the agency’s commitment to modernizing its structure to advance its mission to protect and promote public health, and to meet the challenges of rapid innovation across the industries regulated by FDA. The FDA’s reorganization will realign several entities across the agency to promote strategic priorities, and will elevate the role of the centers, offices and field forces.

This organization chart reflects the new structure under which FDA will operate.

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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg created the Office of Foods on August 18, 2009, to lead a functionally unified Foods Program and enhance the Agency's ability to meet today's great challenges and opportunities in food and feed safety, nutrition, and other critical areas. The FDA Foods Program includes the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Center for Veterinary Medicine. It is supported by the Office of Regulatory Affairs and draws on the resources and expertise of FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research and key Office of Commissioner staff offices. On October 1, 2012, the Office was renamed the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

The Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine is responsible, on behalf of the Commissioner, for providing all elements of FDA's Foods Program leadership, guidance, and support to achieve the Agency's public health goals. The Office is also the focal point for planning implementation of the recommendations of the President's Food Safety Working Group and the new food safety authorities contained in the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

Mission of the FDA Foods Program

The FDA Foods Program protects and promotes the health of humans and animals by:

  • Ensuring the safety of foods for humans, including dietary supplements.
  • Ensuring the safety of animal feed and the safety and effectiveness of animal drugs.
  • Setting science-based standards for preventing foodborne illness and ensuring compliance with these standards.
  • Protecting the food and feed supply from intentional contamination.
  • Ensuring that food labels contain reliable information consumers can use to choose healthy diets.

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Strategic Plan

The Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program's Strategic Plan illustrates the breadth and complexity of the FDA's Food and Veterinary Medicine program’s work and identifies priority initiatives.  It outlines four strategic program goals, each encompassing its own key objectives, as well as multiple strategies aimed at achieving goals and objectives.