Major U.S. Federal Regulatory Agencies in Business: Types, Functions & Authority


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Identify which of the following situations is under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

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1. A fruit company recently had to recall products that were possibly contaminated with Listeria, a bacteria that can cause sickness or death when consumed. Which agency would be responsible for this recall?

2. A company focused on increasing revenue has lowered worker salaries, stopped distributing haz-mat suits to employees who work in dangerous conditions, and fired all workers who failed to meet a minimum production quota. Why would the Occupational Safety and Health Administration be interested in this situation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these assessments to practice identifying the functions of U.S. federal regulatory agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The questions will test what you know regarding the functions of:

  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • A regulatory agency
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the function of the Food and Drug Administration and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the function of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related federal regulatory agencies lesson

Additional Learning

For more information on these federal organizations, take a look at the lesson titled Major U.S. Regulatory Agencies in Business: Types, Functions & Authority. The information in this lesson can help you achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand what a regulatory agency is
  • Describe the purpose of any regulatory agency
  • Identify the major types of business regulatory agencies
  • Explain each of the functions for the agencies