On December 7, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would post on its website adverse event reports from January 2004 to the present for food (including food additives, color additives, and dietary supplements) and cosmetics. These products are regulated by FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Depending on the type of product and adverse event, some reports are mandatory and others are voluntary. Previously, to obtain this information one had to submit a request under the Freedom of Information Act, which we know can take months, if not years. FDA hopes that the posting will provide transparency about adverse event reports and improve public health by identifying possible risks with a particular product.