Learn About the Changes to FDA.gov/Food
March 15, 2013
Welcome to FDA.gov/Food. If you have used this website before, you may have noticed that we’ve made some changes since your last visit. This page explains why we made changes to the Food section of FDA.gov. It also highlights the major changes so that you can quickly navigate to some of our most popular content.
We evaluated the Food section and determined that we can make it easier to use. We did this by:
Getting feedback from consumers, industry, health educators, and scientists through testing
Analyzing satisfaction survey results to learn what information our visitors were having trouble finding
Reviewing web analytics to learn what content was most popular vs. what content was rarely used
Considering the current best practices in web content and usability
Although most URLs have stayed the same, some of the pages you used to visit or had bookmarked may have been deleted as part of our effort to consolidate or update information. When applicable, we’ve included redirects to relevant pages.
You can continue to look for information through the navigation menus as well as through the search boxes at the top of the site or on the Food homepage.
If you’re still having trouble finding the information you’re looking for, please contact us.
Some of the new features and enhancements include:
Consumers, health care providers, and regulated industry can learn how to report a food or dietary supplement problem on a new page that collects information from across the FDA website.
Guidance documents and regulatory information are now consolidated by topic in the Guidance Documents & Regulatory Information section. If you’re in another section, look for a “Guidance Box” at the top right to direct you to relevant guidance documents.
Information about food allergens, previously spread out across several sections, is now consolidated in the new “Allergens” section.
Information about specific food products and safe handling is now collected in the Buy, Store & Serve Safe Food section under Foodborne Illness & Contaminants.
Some of the bigger changes to the Food section include:
Biotechnology: Information about biotechnology and genetic engineering is now in the Food Science & Research section.
CORE Network: Information about the Coordinated Outbreak Response & Evaluation (CORE) Network is now located in the Outbreaks section under Recalls, Outbreaks & Emergencies.
Emergency Response: Information about natural disasters, power outages, and radiation contamination is now part of the Recalls, Outbreaks & Emergencies section, under Emergencies.
Environmental Assessments: This content is now located under Outbreaks.
Food Facility Registration: This content is now in the Guidance & Regulation section.
Food Safety Modernization (FSMA): This information is now part of the Guidance & Regulation section.
Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP): Dairy, juice, seafood, and other HACCP information is now consolidated in the Guidance & Regulation section.
Imports & Exports: Information for importers and exporters is now located under Guidance & Regulation.
Infant Formula: Content about infant formula—including questions and answers on this topic—is now in the Infants & Toddlers section under the People at Risk section under Foodborne Illness & Contaminants.
Interagency Agreements: MOUs and agreements between U.S. government agencies are now consolidated in the International & Interagency Cooperation section, under Domestic Interagency Agreements.
Labeling & Nutrition: Look for this information—including the Nutrition Facts Label Programs & Materials for consumers—in the new Ingredients, Packaging & Labeling section.
Pregnant Women: Content for pregnant women and their health educators is now in the People at Risk section under Foodborne Illness & Contaminants.
Prior Notice of Imported Foods: This content is now consolidated in the Import & Export section under Guidance & Regulation.
Regulatory Fish Encyclopedia (RFE): The encyclopedia is now located in the Food Science & Research section.
Reportable Food Registry: This industry system is now located in the Compliance & Enforcement section, together with other food safety program content.
Retail Food Protection: This information is now located in the Guidance & Regulation section.
If you have questions or ideas on how we can further improve the Food section, please contact us at CFSAN’s Food and Cosmetics Information Center . We plan to make ongoing improvements to the Food section and appreciate your feedback.