Key Resources

United States

THOMAS | http://thomas.gov/
The Library of Congress THOMAS site is the source for federal legislative information. THOMAS provides several options for finding bills, resolutions, bill Summaries, bill status, roll call votes and more.

Federal Register | www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/
Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

Notify U.S. | http://www.nist.gov/notifyus
A free e-mail service within the National Institute of Standards and Technology/U.S. Department of Commerce, which collects and fulfills requests for information on World Trade Organization Agreements relating to Technical Barriers to Trade.  The service, for U.S. entities, notifies users of drafts or changes to domestic and foreign technical regulations for manufactured products, and review and comment opportunities.

Institute of Medicine (IOM) | www.iom.edu
An independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public.

FoodSafety.gov | www.foodsafety.gov
FoodSafety.gov is the gateway to food safety information provided by government agencies.

FDA Food Guidance Documents
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comprehensive list of all guidance documents currently in use at the agency. This list is being published under FDA's Good Guidance Practices (GGPs). It is intended to inform the public of the existence and availability of all of our current guidance documents. It also provides information on guidance documents that have been added or withdrawn in the past 5 years.

Food Chemicals Codex
The FCC is a compendium of internationally recognized standards for the purity and identity of food ingredients. It features about 1,100 monographs, including food-grade chemicals, processing aids, foods (such as vegetable oils, fructose, whey, and amino acids), flavoring agents, vitamins, and functional food ingredients (such as lycopene, olestra, and short chain fructooligosaccharides).

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Agriculture Research Service

Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Economic Research Service

Food Safety and Inspection Service

Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)

Food and Nutrition Information Center

National Agricultural Library

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Center for Disease Control

Environmental Protection Agency

Food and Drug Administration

Federal Trade Commission

US Department of Commerce

National Marine Fisheries Service

International

Codex Alimentarius
The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes of this Programme are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

World Health Organization
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives
The Codex Alimentarius Commission structure, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives provides independent scientific expert advice to the Commission and its specialist Committees. FAO and WHO maintain separate websites highlighting the work of the Committee from the points of view of the two parent Organizations.

Joint FAO/WHO Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment
The Joint FAO/WHO Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment provide independent scientific expert advice to the Commission and its specialist Committees. FAO and WHO maintain separate websites highlighting the work of the JEMRA from the points of view of the two parent Organizations.

International Organization for Standardization
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 161 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.

International Portal on Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health
An official access point to a variety of information (e.g., international and national standards, legislation, laws and regulations, safety assessments) designed to facilitate information exchange within countries and regions, and facilitate international food and agricultural trade as well as support implementation of the World Trade Organization Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement. Available in English, French and Spanish, the database was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in a joint undertaking with a number of SPS-recognized standard-setting organizations and international agencies.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

European Food Safety Authority

Food Standards Agency UK

Food Standards Agency Food Standards Australia New Zealand

General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China

Health Canada

National Institute for Nutrition and Food Safety (China)