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FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Announces Program Priorities for 2013-2014

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Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition - Food and Drug Administration

September 5, 2013

The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN or Center) is announcing its Plan for Program Priorities, 2013-14. The Plan, which is intended to help CFSAN focus its highest priorities to protect and promote the public health, recognizes developments in the food (including dietary supplement) and cosmetic sectors, and incorporates new responsibilities, tools, and authorities established by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The two year plan identifies six key program goals and details specific objectives for achieving these goals. CFSAN’s six key program goals are:

  1. Reduce foodborne illness rates and cosmetic injury rates each year.
  2. Establish regulations, policies, guidances, and inspection and compliance strategies based on best science, prevention, and public health risk.
  3. Increase compliance with newly created preventive control standards across the farm-to-table continuum.
  4. Improve public health indicators through better nutrition and dietary choices.
  5. Develop and swiftly deploy the fastest most effective methods for identifying, containing, and eliminating food and cosmetic hazards.
  6. Achieve optimal use of staff and resources.

CFSAN recognizes that 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.