The federal Food and Drug Administratin was created almost a century ago to bring some order and consumer protection to a universe of quack drugs, rancid food and fly-by-night pharmacies. It's been savaged by big drug companies, mauled by would-be deregulators and dressed down for being slow and bureaucratic.
Now it's the funnel through which a new world of genetically modified foods, supplements and drugs are pushing.
This hour, On Point: the inside story of the FDA, and almost everything that goes into your body.
Philip J. Hilts, author of "Protecting America's Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation," and frequent contributor to the Washington Post and the New York Times.
This program aired on May 1, 2003.