Volume 101 February 2002 Number 6
More than 50 DC Section IFT members and guests gathered in College Park, Md., for the annual regulatory update by Mr. Joseph Levitt, Director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition February 12th.
This year marked a special occasion as the meeting took place in CFSAN’s new digs. Early- bird attendees were given a guided tour of the 4-story facility with an opportunity to view the office spaces and laboratories. Nearly 80% of the bright, new building is currently occupied.
Mr. Levitt reviewed CFSAN’s 2001 achievements and 2002 priorities in 4 traditional program areas: food safety, food additives, dietary supplements, and biotechnology. His primary emphasis was on CFSAN’s new top priority: security of the food supply. Mr. Levitt highlighted the CFSAN FY 2002 budget and discussed the president's FY 2003 budget request, noting that $97 million was provided in FY 2002 for counter-terrorism efforts in the food sector and that this funding -- a supplemental appropriation in FY 2002 -- is annualized in the FY 2003 request.
Although Mr. Levitt
reported the food security action plan will be challenging, he is confident the
agency will successfully address counter terrorism.
Here are 8 steps of the plan:
Emergency response exercises
Expanded laboratory capacity
Enhanced monitoring of imports
Laboratory methods development, including rapid screening
Guidance to industry
On Wednesday May 15th we will be featuring Dr. John B. Lord, Professor of Food Marketing in the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia. His topic is "Delivering Value to Food Consumers in a Dynamic and Downright Difficult Environment." This meeting gives the Washington DC Section IFT members an opportunity to allow student science fair winners to showcase their projects. Winners and their parents will be present to discuss their projects during the second half of the meeting. Be sure to join us for this very special event. Watch for information on the location of this meeting and further details about the winners in the next issue of the Capital Voices. For more information on the science fairs or to participate as a science fair judge in the local area contact Farida Mohamedshah at 202-682-8894, or send a note to her on email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have news or events that you would like to contribute to the newsletter? Contact Dorothea Vafiadis, at 202-659-0074, ext. 163, or email her at .
Be sure to cast your vote for the Washington, DC Section IFT executive committee election. Return to Joe Eifert, Virginia Tech., Dept. of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech, (0418), Blacksburg, VA, 24061, or fax 540-231-3658. Ballots were mailed to members in late February.
|When:||Tuesday, March 12, 2002|
Life Sciences Institute, One Thomas Circle
Registration – 3:00
This panel will provide perspective on omega-3 fatty acids in infant and adult products. The experts will provide insight on what consumers should expect in these newly fortified products and discuss some of the challenges in consumer acceptance and reactions to the flavor of such products. The discussion will also address obstacles in fortifying with omega-3 fatty acids and intake survey data on these important fatty acids.
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