The Food Safety Modernization Act that President Obama signed into law in 2011 emphasizes prevention of foodborne illnesses. Margaret Hamburg, FDA’s commissioner, has made it our priority to base the agency’s regulatory decisions on sound, cutting-edge science.
Wednesday, 5/15 –
FDA Voice Blog: Track Our Success as We Implement New Law
. As we continue to implement the exciting new tools provided by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 (FDASIA), we are inviting interested members of the public to use the Internet to track our progress.
Wednesday, 5/15 –
Consumer Update: Stay Safe in the Summer Sun
. As summer approaches, the FDA has taken steps on multiple fronts to protect consumers from the skin damage that can be caused by too much exposure to the sun. This is the first summer in which the FDA’s new rules governing sunscreen labeling are in effect. These rules include allowing only products proven to protect against both UVB and UVA ultraviolet rays to bear the label “broad spectrum.” And the FDA is supporting “Don’t Fry Day” on May 24, 2013, a skin-safety awareness campaign that takes place every year on the Friday before Memorial Day.
Tuesday, 5/14 –
Consumer Update: FDA’s Role in Regulating Safety of GE Foods
. Genetically engineered (GE) foods, also known as biotech foods and referred to by some as food from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), have been in our food supply for about 20 years. Genetic engineering refers to certain methods that scientists use to introduce new traits or characteristics to an organism. For example, plants may be genetically engineered to produce characteristics that enhance the growth or nutritional value of food crops. Using a science-based approach, the FDA regulates foods and ingredients made from genetically engineered plants to help ensure that they are safe to eat.
Monday, 5/13 -
FDA Voice Blog: Food Defense – What’s Your Plan
? While food safety – preventing unintentional contamination from sources likely to be found in the food chain – is a priority for the FDA, so is food defense – protecting our food from intentional contamination by saboteurs, terrorists or other criminals. Recently, we released a new tool that will help the owners and operators of food facilities develop customized food defense plans to minimize the risk of intentional contamination. It’s a software program called the Food Defense Plan Builder and it’s designed to be easy to use.
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