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FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is one of five product-oriented centers of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The mission of CFSAN is to promote and protect the public health and economic interest by ensuring that the food supply is safe, nutritious, wholesome, and honest and that cosmetics are safe and properly labeled. In order to accomplish its mission CFSAN ensures that consumers are fully informed about the food and cosmetic products they buy; protects the public health through scientific research in food and nutrition; ensures accurate labeling of food; and educates consumers about diet and nutrition.

Review Date: July 27, 2012

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Food and Nutrition Information Center

The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a leader in on-line global nutrition information. Located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of USDA, the FNIC Web site contains over 2500 links to current and reliable nutrition information. Over the years, FNIC has continued to grow with added services and products to meet the needs of our users for reliable nutrition information. A major milestone occurred in 1995 with the launching of the FNIC Web site, greatly expanding FNIC's reach. In addition to the web site overall, our most popular products are our Resource Lists and our Databases of Educational Materials. Our most popular services include our Ask A Question and lending services. Our special projects target specific user groups or subject areas.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

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Food and Nutrition Information Center

The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a leader in on-line global nutrition information. Located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of USDA, the FNIC Web site contains over 2500 links to current and reliable nutrition information. Over the years, FNIC has continued to grow with added services and products to meet the needs of our users for reliable nutrition information. A major milestone occurred in 1995 with the launching of the FNIC Web site, greatly expanding FNIC's reach. In addition to the web site overall, our most popular products are our Resource Lists and our Databases of Educational Materials. Our most popular services include our Ask A Question and lending services. Our special projects target specific user groups or subject areas.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

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NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

The NCCAM Clearinghouse provides information on complementary and alternative medicine, including publications and searches of Federal databases of scientific and medical literature. The clearinghouse does not provide medical advice, treatment recommendations, or referrals to practitioners. The Clearinghouse is staffed by trained Information Specialists Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - NCCAM

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) was established in 1836 as the library of the Army Surgeon General's Office. It was transferred to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and became known as NLM in 1956. In support of its mission to collect, preserve, and disseminate biomedical information, NLM has assembled the largest collection of biomedical literature in the world. Included are over 8 million books, journals, technical reports, and other print and audiovisual materials, as well as the nation's largest medical history collection. Services of NLM include computer-based literature retrieval services, interlibrary loan services, programs and grant support for medical libraries, toxicology information services and biotechnology information services. Eight major libraries around the country, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) coordinate online reference retrieval and interlibrary loan services for libraries in their region. DATABASES: Free access to MEDLINE, MEDLINEplus (Consumer health information), and other NLM databases are available to those with World Wide Web access at: www.nlm.nih.gov. Fact sheets and pocket guides describing the databases are available. A MEDLARS management service desk at NLM is staffed to answer questions about the online system.

Review Date: August 18, 2011

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NIH Office of Dietary Supplements - ODS

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-417, DSHEA), authorized the establishment of the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the NIH. The ODS was created in 1995 within the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), Office of the Director (OD), NIH. The mission of ODS is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to maintain and improve their health. FDA regulates the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors. Finally, FDA plays a significant role in the Nation’s counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.

Review Date: August 08, 2011

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Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), founded in 1881, is the trade association representing the makers of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements. As such, the association acts as a liaison between the industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Congress to ensure consumers have convenient access to safe and effective medicines and supplements. CHPA members companies are deeply committed to educating consumers about the appropriate and safe use of their products by supporting the CHPA Educational Foundation, the industry’s nonprofitl foundation building a better understanding of responsible medicine use among consumers of all ages. CHEC’s The foundation’s web address is OTCsafety.org.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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Consumers Union

Consumers Union (CU) is independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace and to empower consumers as they buy products and services. CU is comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns. CU operates three Advocacy offices--in Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, and San Francisco--that work on consumers' behalf on such issues as health care, food safety, financial services, and product safety. They testify before Federal and state legislative and regulatory bodies, petition government agencies, and file lawsuits on behalf of consumers. The Consumer Policy Institute, at CU's Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters, conducts research and education projects on issues of importance to consumers such as biotechnology, food safety and labeling, recycling, and sustainable consumption.

Review Date: May 10, 2011

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U.S. Pharmacopeia

USP promotes the public health and benefits practitioners and patients by disseminating authoritative standards and information developed by its volunteers for medicines, other healthcare technologies, and related practices used to maintain and improve health and promote optimal healthcare delivery.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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United States Anti-Doping Agency

USADA is the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the independent, non-governmental, national anti-doping agency for Olympic, Paralympic Pan American and Para panamerican sports in the United States. USADA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of competition, inspiring true sport and protecting the health of athletes. USADA began drug testing of athletes on October 2, 2000 and is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication process of the athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. USADA is also responsible for drug reference resources including the therapeutic-use exemption process, scientific research initiatives, and athlete and outreach education.

Review Date: October 27, 2012

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