CFSAN News for Educators

CFSAN News for Educators

March/April 2015

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Upcoming Events

National Hispanic Medical Association
March 25 – 29, 2015
Washington, DC 

Food Safety Summit
April 8 – 10, 2015
Baltimore, MD 

National Food Policy Conference
April 21 – 22, 2015
Washington, DC 

National Restaurant Association
May 16 – 19, 2015
Chicago, IL 

United Fresh Association/Food Marketing Institute
June 9 – 11, 2015
Chicago, IL 

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
June 24 – 27, 2015
Jacksonville, FL  

Featured Event

#SafeFood +Social Good Webinar 
Organized by PAHO/WHO & The UN Foundation
“World Health Day 2015 – FROM FARM TO PLATE, Keep it Safe: How Safe is your Food?” 

Includes a regional overview, as well as good food safety practices, lessons learned and challenges ahead. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
10:00 - 10:45am
11:15 am -  12:00 pm

National Nutrition Month and More!

Welcome to CFSAN’s News for Educators – the at-a-glance bi-monthly e-news from FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). This edition showcases FDA’s role in assuring a safe food foundation; the wealth of materials available to support National Nutrition Month in March (and beyond); and a brief look at FDA’s requirements for homemade cosmetics products. Don’t miss the current list of upcoming meetings and announcements from FDA! 

We encourage you to share this newsletter. Invite your colleagues to sign up for future issues!

Food Safety

Strengthening the U.S.’s Food Safety Foundation 

April 7 is World Health Day. For 2015, the World Health Organization chose food safety from the farm to the table as its theme, underscoring the global relevance of this important health issue. FDA prioritizes prevention as the key to food safety – in fact, it’s the core principle of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011. FSMA’s new rules will support and strengthen the nation’s food safety system for the 21st century in several ways. The seven foundational rules have been proposed and are scheduled to become final in 2015 and 2016:

  • Preventive Controls for Human Food: Sets safety requirements for facilities that process, package or store food for people.
  • Produce Safety: Sets science-based standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce on farms.
  • Foreign Supplier Verification for Importers: Makes importers responsible for ensuring that their foreign suppliers are held to the same safety standards as are U.S. food producers.  
  • Accredited Third Party Certification: Facilitates the accreditation of third-party auditors to help ensure that food producers in other countries comply with U.S. food safety laws.
  • Preventive Controls for Animal Food: Implements preventive controls at animal food facilities that are similar to those proposed for human food.
  • Intentional Adulteration: Requires food facilities to address vulnerable processes to prevent acts on the food supply intended to cause large-scale public harm.
  • Sanitary Transportation: Requires those who transport food to use sanitary transportation practices. 

Online Resources: Invite consumers to learn more about the how FDA is implementing FSMA and about FDA’s efforts to strengthen the U.S.’s food safety foundation.


Nutrition Education Materials from FDA! 

March is National Nutrition Month. And with spring approaching, it’s a great time to re-commit to a healthy eating plan, which can include making informed food choices and consuming fewer calories.  Consumers will soon be able to compare foods not only in-store and at home using the Nutrition Facts Label as they’ve been doing, but also when eating out thanks to the new calorie labeling on restaurant menus, menu boards, and vending machines. The deadline is not yet here, but calorie labeling has already begun to appear. Share the many resources available on FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) nutrition education page, which offers such helpful materials as: 

  • Read the Label Youth Outreach Campaign: a hands-on initiative to inspire youth (and their families) to use the Nutrition Facts Label to compare foods.
  • Calorie Labeling on Restaurant Menus & Vending Machines: a handy fact sheet that explains the new regulation and how consumers can use the information.
  • Understanding and Using the Nutrition Facts Label: a selection of fact sheets and bulletins on a variety of nutrition topics.
  • Sodium: Look at the Label: a targeted campaign that offers tips for reducing sodium in the diet – especially helpful for those with certain chronic illnesses.

Online Resources: Encourage consumers to explore FDA’s Nutrition Facts Label programs and materials page, which includes many downloadable fact sheets in English and Spanish. 


About Homemade Cosmetics Products

It’s increasingly common to see homemade cosmetics products for sale: in shops, farmers markets, and online stores. Whether buying, making, or selling cosmetics, it’s important to be familiar with FDA’s regulations for cosmetics. Promote awareness of these requirements (and invite your constituents to utilize the online assets, too):

  • FDA approval isn’t required for cosmetics. The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, except for color additives, to be approved by FDA before they go on the market. But, the law does require cosmetics to be safe when consumers use them according to directions on the label.
  • Cosmetics Safety: People who make cosmetics or put them on the market have a legal responsibility for the safety of their products.
    • Safety includes not only ingredients, but also guarding against contaminants that could hurt consumers, including harmful microorganisms.
    • Claiming that a product is “natural” or “organic” doesn’t make it safe. FDA does not regulate “natural” or “organic.” (See below for the link to USDA’s organic information.)
  • Proper labeling is essential. People who make or marketcosmetics are legally responsible for ensuring that their products are properly labeled with all required information.
  • Be careful with claims: If a product is marketed with claims that it affects the structure or function of the body (for example, fighting cellulite), or that it is intended to treat or prevent disease (for example, treating acne or eczema or managing pain), it’s a drug under the law, and needs to meet drug regulation requirements, such as premarket approval by FDA.    
Online Resource: Encourage consumers to learn more about homemade cosmetics – whether making or buying them. In addition, alert them about certain ingredients that are prohibited or restricted by FDA for use in cosmetics. Invite them to check out USDA’s National Organic Program information and learn more about Labeling Regulations, Labeling Claims, and guarding against contaminants.

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