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 sectors, and incorporates new responsibilities, tools and authorities established by FDA under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). President Obama signed the Act governing FDA’s food safety practices into law in January 2011. The plan identifies six key program goals and details specific objectives for achieving these goals. CFSAN’s six key program goals are:
- Reduce foodborne illness rates and cosmetic injury rates each year.
- Establish regulations, policies, guidance, and inspection and compliance strategies based on best science, prevention and public health risk.
- Increase compliance with newly created preventive-control standards across the farm-to-table continuum.
- Improve public health indicators through better nutrition and dietary choices.
- Develop and swiftly deploy the fastest and most effective methods for identifying, containing and eliminating food and cosmetic hazards.
- Achieve optimal use of staff and resources.
According to CFSAN, funding limitations may affect the plan, but the Center remains focused on dedicating its resources and staff to effectively meeting these goals and responding to challenges that lie ahead.