Last updated on: 6/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"
Reasoning:

“Milk is a good source of the vitamins thiamine, folate, B-12, and riboflavin and pasteurization results in losses of anywhere from zero to 10 percent for each of these, which most would consider only a marginal reduction.”

“Got Milk? Make Sure It’s Pasteurized,” FDA Consumer Magazine, Sep.-Oct. 2004

Description:

“A scientific regulatory agency… responsible for protecting and advancing the public health in the United States.”

“Fiscal Year 2008 Performance Budget in Brief,” www.fda.gov (accessed Mar. 28, 2007)

Mission:

“The 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. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.”

“Mission Statement,” www.fda.gov (accessed Mar. 28, 2007)

Other:
None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Raw Milk More Healthful Than Pasteurized Milk?
  2. Are There Any Safety or Nutritional Differences in Milk from Cows Supplemented with Growth Hormones Such as rBST and Milk from Cows Not Supplemented with Hormones?
  3. Is It Misleading to Label Milk as Free of the Artificial Growth Hormone rBST/rBGH?
  4. Is There Pus in Milk?