Caroline Smith DeWaal is the director of the food safety program for the Center for Science in the Public Interest and co-author of “Is Our Food Safe? A Consumer’s Guide to Protecting Your Health and the Environment” (Three Rivers Press, 2002). She represents CSPI before Congress and in the regulatory arena on a broad range of food safety issues. Ms. DeWaal is the leading consumer analyst on laws and regulations governing food safety, and she has testified more than 20 times on pending food safety issues before the United States Congress. She also maintains and publishes a listing of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States organized by food source. She has presented papers on food safety at over 100 scientific and public policy conferences. She has participated in a number of World Health Organization consultations on food safety and is currently an expert advisor on its Integrated Surveillance of Antibiotic Resistance project. She represents the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations at the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene. She has participated in several national advisory committees to USDA and FDA. She represents the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations at Codex. DeWaal graduated from the University of Vermont and Antioch School of Law. She has taught university classes and courses on national and global food issues. A native of Vermont, and now a resident of Maryland, DeWaal lives with her husband and two children outside of Washington, D.C.
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Editor’s note: This was originally published on as part of FDA’s Voice Blog series. With a shared border that is more than 5,500 miles long, Canada and the United States have a lot in common — including a shared food supply. So it is no surprise that Canadian food safety agencies and the U.S. Food and… Continue Reading
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles from CSPI Food Safety Director Caroline Smith DeWaal on the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. In this installment, DeWaal examines some important new food safety tools in FDA’s toolbox for imported foods. There is no doubt that managing imports is FDA’s… Continue Reading
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles from Center for Science in the Public Interest Food Safety Director Caroline Smith DeWaal on the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. In the second installment, DeWaal looks at several new enforcement tools – suspension of registration and records access – that… Continue Reading
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles from CSPI Food Safety Director Caroline Smith DeWaal on the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. In the first installment, DeWaal explains which provisions of the historic law will be the first to benefit consumers. With the signing of the historic FDA… Continue Reading