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FSCI 338 Food Law, Regulation & Safety

This guide provides links to resources related to the oversight and regulation of food composition, processing, manufacturing, testing, preservation, packaging, distribution and laws for the regulation and enforcement of food safety.


This page provides links to search for relevant food laws.  U.S. laws are comprised of state and federal statutes, regulations and court decisions, however much of U.S. food safety law is based on federal law. 

The United States Code (U.S. Code or U.S.C.) contains all federal statutes currently in effect; it is organized into 50 major topics (titles) and then subdivided into chapters, subchapters and sections. Title 21 of the U.S. Code contains most federal statutes pertaining to food law.


For a complete set of the California code, visit


Westlaw to find federal, state and international laws, cases, and law review articles


Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). Limit your search to Title 21, U.S. code section number or browse the Title 21 section listing.

USDA Regulatory review plan, judicial decisions, regulations and rulemaking, reports and publications, and guidance documents.