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735-Other State Agencies


Under the Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law (Chapter 7, Article 1 through Article 3 and Chapter 2), the California Department of Health Services has adopted the federal law and seeks to protect consumers from products that could be considered adulterated or unsafe.

Complaint jurisdiction:

Its laws regulate adulterated products. Products misbranded by false or misleading labeling, errors in weight, measure, or numerical count are considered adulterated. Labels which are altered, obliterated, or missing (cause for misbranding) require consumer complaint.

California Department of Health Services

Food and Drug Branch

1500 Capitol Avenue, MS 7602

Sacramento, CA 95899-7435

(916) 650-6500

(916) 650-6650 Fax

(800) 495-3232 (Consumer Complaints)

Safety testing of cosmetics is not required by federal or state government prior to sale and Registration of cosmetic companies is voluntary and is generally done only when company is exporting products to foreign countries:

California Department of Health Services

Food and Drug Branch

1449 West Temple Street, Room 224

Los Angeles, CA 90026-5698

(213) 580-5720

Information on imports, food, drugs, cosmetics, consumer education, and product recall:

Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

200 Independence Avenue, S. W.

Washington, D.C. 20201

(877) 696-6775