Consumer Information

  • Coronavirus Testing Basics
    by FDA on May 20, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Easy-to-understand information about the different types of coronavirus tests and FDA's role in authorizing them

  • Is It Really 'FDA Approved?'
    by FDA on May 17, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    How can you know for sure what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates? FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by regulating human drugs and biologics, animal drugs, medical devices, tobacco products, food and animal feed, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

  • Medical Devices
    by FDA on May 16, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Consumer articles about medical devices.

  • Your Animal Is Sick. Was It Something They Ate? Vet-LIRN May Be Able to Help
    by FDA on May 13, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    The FDA investigates foodborne illnesses for human foods and animal foods. FDA’s Vet-LIRN program can help your vet determine if the illness is a result of something your animal ate.

  • Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Smoking Cessation and Medications
    by FDA on May 13, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, resulting in more than 480,000 deaths annually. Almost 70 percent of current smokers report wanting to quit smoking, but quitting can be hard and often takes multiple attempts. Learn the facts.

  • Suplementos Dietéticos
    by FDA on May 12, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Información para el consumidor sobre la seguridad de los suplementos dietéticos.

  • Productos Veterinarios
    by FDA on May 12, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Información para el consumidor sobre la seguridad de los alimentos y medicamentos veterinarios.

  • Nutrición
    by FDA on May 12, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Información para el consumidor sobre la nutrición.

  • Fraude en la Salud
    by FDA on May 12, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Información para el consumidor sobre el fraude en la salud y cómo evitar ser estafado.

  • Alimentos y Bebidas
    by FDA on May 12, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Información para el consumidor sobre la seguridad de los alimentos.

  • Helpful Questions and Answers about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Your Pets
    by FDA on May 12, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    During the coronavirus pandemic, you've learned a lot about keeping your family safe. If your family includes pets, you want to keep them safe, too. FDA offers some helpful questions and answers about keeping your pets safe during the pandemic.

  • Barbecue Basics: Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness
    by FDA on May 6, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Bacteria in food multiply faster at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, so summer heat makes the basics of food safety especially important. Here are some easy things you can do to help keep everyone at your table safe from foodborne illness.

  • 7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables
    by FDA on May 6, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Fresh produce can become contaminated in many ways, but following these simple steps can help protect you and your family from foodborne illness.

  • Animal & Veterinary
    by FDA on May 6, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Consumer articles from FDA about animal health and veterinary medicine.

  • Tips on Good Nutrition and Using the Updated Nutrition Facts Label During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    by FDA on May 1, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has shifted many of our daily routines, including the ways we eat. Here are some ways to use the Nutrition Facts Label to ensure you and your family are eating healthfully.

  • ¿Jabón antibacteriano? No lo necesita; use agua y un jabón normal
    by FDA on May 1, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    ¿Cree que los jabones antibacterianos reducen su riesgo de contraer una infección? No necesariamente, dice la FDA. No hay datos que demuestren que los jabones antibacterianos de venta sin receta sean mejores para prevenir las enfermedades que lavarse con agua y un jabón normal.

  • Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It, Use Plain Soap and Water
    by FDA on May 1, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Think antibacterial soaps reduce your risk of getting an infection? Not necessarily, the FDA says. There is no data demonstrating that over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.

  • Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines and Treatments
    by FDA on April 29, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    There are currently no FDA-approved drugs, including vaccines, to treat or prevent COVID-19. Products that claim to cure, treat, or prevent COVID-19 haven’t been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness; they might be dangerous to you and your family.

  • Nutrition
    by FDA on April 29, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    The Nutrition Facts Label on food packaging is an important and easy way to get essential information to help you make healthy food choices. These FDA Consumer Updates are also a great resource for more nutrition facts, and other helpful information about the food you eat.

  • Biosimilar and Interchangeable Biologics: More Treatment Choices
    by FDA on April 24, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    The medical marketplace keeps growing as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to approve more biosimilar products. Biosimilars can provide more treatment options to patients, potentially lowering costs and increasing access to lifesaving medications.