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The Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is responsible for inspection and enforcement of FDA regulations. Inspections are done through its 5 regional divisions and 20 district offices. Procedures for FDA inspections follow guidelines put forth in FDA’s Investigations Operations Manual. The FDA can conduct inspections for “cause” such as complaints, or through its regular surveillance. The inspections are not […]

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Facilities falling under USDA’s jurisdiction (meat, poultry and egg processing) are subject to continuous inspection. This means that an Inspector must be present at all times during operation. The USDA’s method of evaluating meat since 1906 was generally organoleptic (sight, smell, touch); a method that continued for 90 years despite calls to modernize how inspection was […]

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Polysaccharides are carbohydrates containing many units of monosaccharides, hence the word ‘poly’ which means many.They provide us with dietary fiber. The number of connecting monosaccharides in polysaccharides can go up into the hundreds. A class of polysaccharides widely used as functional ingredients in the food industry are hydrocolloids. Hydrocolloids are defined as substances that form a […]

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