Food security key goal at FDA

The Food and Drug Administration is taking “all appropriate measures” to enhance U.S. food safety and security, reported Dr. Mark McClellan, new FDA commissioner.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the National Food Processors Assn. last November, McClellan said his agency has “an unprecedented opportunity to protect the nation’s food supply.” Regulations based on the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 are on a “fast track” and are on schedule to be implemented by the end of 2003. The agency will pay “particular attention to regulation that is dynamic and responsive,” McClellan told NFPA members. “FDA will focus on cost-efficiency in regulations and in managing risk.” Another agency focus is finding ways to get good information to the public. He said it’s “no secret” that FDA is reviewing criteria for approving health claims on food packages.

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