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Making sure ‘healthy’ means what it says on food packages

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With final rules on the Nutrition Facts label published, consumers soon will see an updated label on food packages that makes the calories and serving sizes of products easier to see and that gives them additional nutrition information, such as added sugars, vitamin D, and potassium. The marketplace is teeming with rows and rows of… Continue Reading

FDA updates draft guidance for dietary supplement industry

Opinion

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Editor’s Note: This was originally published by the FDA on Aug. 11, 2016. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a revised draft guidance to improve dietary supplement companies’ new dietary ingredient (NDI) premarket safety notifications to the agency. These notifications help the agency identify safety concerns before products reach consumers. Under the Dietary Supplement Health… Continue Reading

FDA’s Strategic Plan: Food safety, nutrition, animal health

Opinion

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Editor’s note: The Food and Drug Administration posted this “FDA Voice” column July 14 under the title “Charting a Path Forward on Food Safety, Nutrition and Animal Health.” It was co-authored by Stephen Ostroff, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine; Susan Mayne, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; and Tracey Forfa, acting director… Continue Reading

Consumers had key to unlock E. coli outbreak linked to flour

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This blog by FDA’s Stephen Ostroff and Kathleen Gensheimer was originally posted by the agency as part of its “FDA Voice” series on June 28, 2016. When many people buy flour, they empty it into a canister and throw out the bag. But three people at the center of a recent outbreak of… Continue Reading

GenomeTrakr is FDA’s version of Hoover’s fingerprint file

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Editor’s note: This article was originally posted on FDA’s Consumer Updates page. A person commits a crime, and the detective uses DNA evidence collected from the crime scene to track the criminal down. An outbreak of foodborne illness makes people sick, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down… Continue Reading

Q & A with FDA’s new top food cop Stephen Ostroff

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This interview with Stephen Ostroff was originally published by FDA on June 2, 2016. Stephen Ostroff, M.D. is the FDA’s new Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM). He succeeds Michael R. Taylor, who became the first deputy commissioner for the FVM program in 2010. Dr. Ostroff served as acting FDA commissioner from… Continue Reading

Food Safety for Cancer Patients

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World Cancer Day (Feb. 4) is the perfect time to talk about why food safety is so important for the nearly 15 million Americans who are cancer survivors and the 1.7 million people in the United States projected to be diagnosed with cancer this year. Treatment of cancer typically involves chemotherapy, radiation, and/or medications to help fight… Continue Reading

FDA’s Special Role: Ensuring Food Safety at the Inauguration

Opinion

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This article was originally published on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s FDA Voice blog on January 17. By Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. With the presidential inauguration just days away, it’s an exciting time to be in Washington, D.C. The police are setting up parade routes and security. Hotels and restaurants are bracing for crowds…. Continue Reading

FDA’s New Outbreak Response Team Has Busy First Year

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This is the first in a series of four Consumer Updates from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the agency’s new CORE (Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation) teams. When the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network was launched last summer, its teams were tested almost immediately, as was the Food and Drug Administration’s… Continue Reading