Regulations: Time to Prioritize -- August 2007
The report is broken down into a number of different sections, including: FY 2007 Program Priorities; FY 2006 Program Priority Accomplishments; and FY 2006 Other Significant Accomplishments. Below are highlights of just the Program Priorities for FY 2007. Manufacturers may want to review this lengthy document for priorities and accomplishments listed by FDA of particular individual interest. It may be found at www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cfsan607.html.
FY 2007 Program Priorities. Food Defense (1.1.1 “Complete a final rule for prior notice of imported food shipments”); Food Safety (2.0.1 focusing on imported foodstuffs and importers; 2.7.1 advisory labeling of allergens; 2.7.2 gluten-free labeling; 2.1.0 risk communications for a possible pandemic flu outbreak; 2.12.2 develop improved trans fat detection analysis; and 2.14.2 and 2.14.3 BSE); Nutrition/Preventing Obesity (3.1.1 qualified health claims; 3.1.2 functional foods; and 3.1.4 awareness of 2005 Dietary Guidelines); Food Labeling (3.2.1 update daily values in nutritional labeling); and Dietary Supplements and Cosmetics (4.1.1 dietary supplement good manufacturing practices (GMPs); 4.1.1 “per day” labeling).
Priority Ongoing Activities. Food Defense: upgrade Bioterrorism/Food Registration database; Food Safety: modernize current GMP requirements; conduct 5,600 domestic and 100 foreign inspections of high-risk facilities; Food and Color Additives; and Food Allergens: target enforcement of allergen labeling violations; evaluate labeling compliance among imported and small- to medium-sized manufacturers; and reduce allergic reactions among adults by 19% between 2001 and 2010.