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Advisory Committee Working on the Science of Salmonella, STEC


When the government needs help with a foodborne issue, they turn to a certain committee for scientific advice. In its last term, the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) worked on how to reduce Norovirus infections and to help the Department of Defense ensure that the food procured for U.S. military personnel… Continue Reading

Waldrop Leaving Consumer Federation of America for FDA


Another prominent food safety consumer advocate is moving to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At the end of July, Chris Waldrop will leave his position as director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) to start working at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (CFSAN) Office of… Continue Reading

New Director for CFSAN in 2015


Dr. Susan Mayne will take over as director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) when Michael Landa steps down from the position in January. Mayne is currently the C.-E.A. Winslow Professor of Epidemiology and Chair at Yale School of Public Health’s Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, as… Continue Reading

JIFSAN: FDA-University Partnership Helps Enhance the Safety of Imported Food


A significant portion of the food that Americans consume comes from overseas, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have the ability to inspect all imports, so it’s not a bad idea to intervene with preventive measures before the food reaches our ports. “It’s much better and more efficient to control the problem… Continue Reading

Healthy People 2020 Reviews Progress on Food Safety Objectives


The Healthy People 2020 initiative recently held a public webinar to update stakeholders on progress toward food safety objectives. Addressing the goals to reduce infections from pathogens commonly transmitted through food, Roberta Wagner, deputy director for regulatory affairs at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), cited new tools provided under the Food… Continue Reading

FDA’s CFSAN Announces Program Priorities for Next Two Years


On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN or Center) announced its Plan for Program Priorities, 2013-14. The two-year plan, which is intended to help CFSAN focus its highest priorities on protecting and promoting public health, recognizes developments in the food (including dietary supplement) and cosmetic… Continue Reading

FDA Enlists NC State to Chart Transmission Routes for Salmonella


A plan to chart the routes of transmission for Salmonella species is the reason for a new cooperative agreement between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and North Carolina State University (NC State). Beginning in September, FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) will begin working with NC State’s Prestage Department of… Continue Reading

Plan Offers Insights Into What Worries FDA’s Science Unit


What worries the deep thinkers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), the agency’s science-based regulatory unit, is pretty well spelled out in the Center’s new Science and Research (CSR) Strategic Plan. Among these concerns are keeping imported foods safe as that sector doubled during the last… Continue Reading

FDA Reorganizes Veterinary Medicine to Combine with Office of Foods


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday in the Federal Register that the agency has reorganized the Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM) program. Under the reorganization, which was completed in October, the Office of Foods is now the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, led by Michael Taylor, the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and… Continue Reading

FDA Improves Adulterated Foods Tracking System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took steps this month to improve its ability to track patterns in food adulteration with its Reportable Foods Registry. The Reportable Foods Registry, or RFR, is an online portal where companies are required to report foods they have manufactured that may be dangerous to human or animal health. Public… Continue Reading