Ingredients and Packaging

FDA regulates the safety of substances added to food. We also regulate how most food is processed, packaged, and labeled.


FDA maintains educational information, databases and listings related to food allergens, ingredients, food additives, color additives and GRAS substances.

Packaging & Food Contact Substances

Access program information, inventories, and databases related to food packaging and other substances that come in contact with food.

Irradiation of Food & Packaging

FDA provides regulatory and scientific information about irradiated food and packaging. Irradiation may be used to increase shelf-life and reduce harmful bacteria in meat, poultry, vegetables and other foods.

Environmental Decisions

FDA assesses the environmental impact of its regulatory actions. Therefore, manufacturers must include an environmental assessment with their petitions and notifications, unless exempt.

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