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Food and Drug Law Journal

ARTICLE: CFSAN's Program Priorities: From Food Safety to Food Security


58 Food Drug L.J. 19





The events of September 11, 2001, have had a major impact on the priorities of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) foods program, as illustrated by the following description of some changes at the agency. Each year for the past four years, FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has published a Program Priorities document, which publicly outlines the goals the Center intends to meet in the coming year. At the start of fiscal year (FY) 2001, the theme of the work plan was program continuity. CFSAN intended to continue, complete, or begin the next logical round of projects that would provide the most benefit to American consumers. The greatest emphasis was placed on items related to food safety, food additives, dietary supplements, and biotechnology. The document also addressed the Center's pending move to a new building located in College Park, Maryland, and outlined the areas that CFSAN would be working on to achieve a successful move. Only one out of approximately 100 "A" list priority items addressed bioterrorism preparedness.

In early 2002, several months after the tragic events of September 11, CFSAN unveiled its Program Priorities document for FY 2002. n1 Ninety-two "A" list priorities were set. In assembling the priorities, CFSAN again asked the question, "Where do we do the most good for consumers?" Again, food safety, food additives, dietary supplements, and food biotechnology were items of high importance. The topics of food allergens; transmissible ...
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