Food Law


Organization of U.S. Government

U.S. law arises from several levels of government: state, federal and local. It also arises from the three branches of U.S. government: legislative, executive and judicial. These pages introduce the relationships among the three branches of government and among these levels of U.S. government.
U.S. Government & Legal System -- Introduction
This page introduces the three branches of U.S. government, their respective roles, and the types of law each creates.
Purpose of a Constitution
The role of constitutions within U.S. governments is to state the authorities -- as well as the limitations -- that "the people" have defined for their governments.
Legislative Branch
The legislative branch of U.S. government is comprised of elected representatives who set public policy by enacting statutes.
Executive Branch
The executive branch of U.S. government is responsible for executing or implementing the statutes and programs enacted by the legislative branch.
Interaction between Statute and Regulation
Regulations promulgated by agencies of the executive branch of government must align with the underlying statute. This page provides an example of a statute enacted in 2002 and the subsequent steps taken by the Food and Drug Administration in promulgating regulations over the next several years.
Judicial Branch
The judicial branch of U.S. government resolves legal disputes as well as interprets the law.
Creating & Enforcing U.S. Food Law
This page reinforces our understanding of how law is created and enforced in the United States
Finding U.S. Food Law
No one is expected to know everything there is to know about U.S. food law. It is more realistic to focus on understanding how to find information about food law as the need arises. This page offers ideas on where to search for relevant food law when needed.
U.S. Government & Legal System -- Closing Thoughts
This pages offers "closing thoughts" as we complete our brief study of U.S. government.


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