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Caroline Smith DeWaal is currently international food safety policy manager for FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Prior to her move to FDA in June 2015, DeWaal was the director of the food safety program for the Center for Science in the Public Interest for 21 years. She co-authored "Is Our Food Safe? A Consumer's Guide to Protecting Your Health and the Environment" (Three Rivers Press, 2002). She represented CSPI before Congress and in the regulatory arena on a broad range of food safety issues. DeWaal has testified more than 20 times on pending food safety issues before Congress. She has participated in a number of World Health Organization consultations on food safety. She has participated in several national advisory committees to USDA and FDA. 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.

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…

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 …

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

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 …