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Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on the Review of Food and Drug Administration’s Role in Ensuring Safe Food.

Enhancing food safety : the role of the Food and Drug Administration / Committee on the Review of Food and Drug Administration’s Role in Ensuring Safe Food, Food and Nutrition Board, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources ; Robert B. Wallace and Maria Oria, editors.

p. ; cm.

Includes bibliographical references.

ISBN 978-0-309-15273-0 (pbk.) — ISBN 978-0-309-15274-7 (pdf)

1. Food—Safety measures—Government policy—United States. 2. United States. Food and Drug Administration. 3. Food—Safety regulations—United States. I. Wallace, Robert B., 1942- II. Oria, Maria. III. Title.

[DNLM: 1. United States. Food and Drug Administration. 2. Food Supply—United States. 3. Food Contamination—prevention & control—United States. 4. Health Policy—United States. 5. Resource Allocation—United States. 6. Risk Assessment—United States. 7. United States Government Agencies—United States. WA 695]

RA601.I39 2010



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