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Trough Better Nutrition?
A new report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) saysthe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isn’t able to deal with the nation’s food supplyproblems.To conclude that the FDA needs to do more more efficiently does not, shall we say, provide amemorable
moment.The report offers Congress – which commissioned the report – some food for thought as itprepares to tackle FDA reform this year. The IOM concludes that in order for the FDA to betterensure food safety, legislative and organizational changes may be necessary. Most notably, itsays, Congress should consider taking legislative action to provide the FDA with the additionalauthority it needs to fulfill its food safety mission. Within the FDA, authority over field activitiesshould shift from its Office of Regulatory Affairs to its Office of Foods. Such a change willensure that responsibility lies with well-trained personnel with specialized expertise in foodsafety and risk-based principles of food safety management, says the IOM.Thus far, government efforts to promote better food safety have been made with expandedrecall powers and more numerous inspections. But more needs to be done.America’s health also depends on having better information about the food they’re eating –particularly in today’s era of genetically modified foods with nutritional nanotechnology,probiotics and other functions. Reformers must recognize this new reality and ensure that theFDA reform capitalizes on using food as a potent tool for better health.
PETER J. PITTS
Global Head of Regulatory and Health PolicyPorter Novelli New York
Peter.Pitts@portenovelli.com | 212.601.8208
Partner Porter Novelli Public Services, Washington, DC
Mary.Christ-Erwin@porternovelli.com | 202.973.3601