Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 28

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is an administrative agency of the executive branch of the federal government. It is granted authority for developing and enforcing regulations which carry out the provisions of laws (statutes) enacted by Congress and approved by the President.  Over the course of years, many regulations are adopted, amended, and deleted.  A comprehensive search of FDA regulations concerning “inorganic mercury in fish and the dangers to children and women of child bearing age” will be require considerable time. 


You may wish to start with some overview articles and books that can direct you to specific regulations.  For example, searching the term “inorganic mercury” in the Congressional Quarterly database leads to a number of articles concerning mercury in the food supply.  There are also a number of library books (print and electronic) which address the general problems of mercury in the environment and food supply; search the library catalog with terms such as “mercury children” and “mercury fish”.


The agency’s website will link you to hundreds of reports and proposals concerning mercury in food supplies:; try searching “inorganic mercury”.


The library has print copies (in the reference stacks) of the Code of Federal Regulations and the United States Code Congressional and Administrative News. The Federal Register, as well as other regulatory publications, is available through the WestLaw database.  These publications contain notices of proposed regulations, hearings, and final regulations.  If you are not experienced in legal research, you may wish to refer to one of the print or electronic legal research guides available at the library or arrange for a consultation with one of the reference librarians with knowledge of our legal research resources.


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