The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) recently announced its program priorities for 2013-14. The Center, which is within the Food and Drug Administration, works to ensure foods and cosmetics are safe and properly labeled. Priorities for the coming program year include details on specific objections to achieve six key program goals. They include:

  1. Reduce foodborne illness rates and cosmetic injury rates each year.
  2. Establish regulations, policies, guidances, and inspection and compliance strategies based on best science, prevention, and public health risk.
  3. Increase compliance with newly created preventive control standards across the farm-to-table continuum.
  4. Improve public health indicators through better nutrition and dietary choices.
  5. Develop and swiftly deploy the fastest most effective methods for identifying, containing, and eliminating food and cosmetic hazards.
  6. Achieve optimal use of staff and resources.  

A large proportion of CFSAN’s work is devoted to addressing new and challenging issues related to globalization of the food supply chain, changing industry processes and consumer preferences for fresh and minimally processed foods.