June 26, 2017
The leaders of FDA’s Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM) program have made stakeholder engagement a top priority. This robust commitment was particularly evident as the foundational rules implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) took shape. FDA was involved in more than 600 engagements between FSMA’s enactment in 2011 and the finalization of the rules in 2015-16. Similar strategic engagement has also played a critical role in shaping FDA’s response to a variety of issues beyond food safety.
Sharon Natanblut heads up communications and stakeholder engagement for the program, with Kari Barrett and her team focusing specifically on stakeholder engagement. In this Q&A interview, they talk about the program’s approach to having meaningful engagement with consumers, industry, professional associations, and other government agencies in FDA’s oversight and initiatives to protect human and animal health.
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