FDA releases two-year priority plan

September 19, 2013

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safe & Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has released  a two-year timetable outlining  priority plans.

The Plan for Program Priorities, 2013-2014 outlines CFSAN strategic goals and objectives for protecting the public from adulterated food and cosmetics and for providing useful nutritional information on food labels. The plan recognizes developments in the food and cosmetic sectors and incorporates new responsibilities, tools and authorities established by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The 2013-2014 plan details specific objectives for achieving six key program goals. These goals are:

* Reduce foodborne illness rates and cosmetic injury rates each year.

* Establish regulations, policies, guidances, 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 most effective methods for identifying, containing, and eliminating food and cosmetic hazards.

* Achieve optimal use of staff and resources.

A timeline for these goals can be found at www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CFSAN/WhatWeDo/ucm366279.htm.


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