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FDA Reviews Methods to Strengthen Program to Assess the Safety of Chemicals in Foods

September 23, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed a review of how the agency evaluates the harmful effects of chemicals in foods, cosmetics, dietary supplements, animal food/feed and veterinary drugs and is taking steps to strengthen internal processes.

The chemical safety assessment review is the first of three planned strategic reviews being conducted under the direction of the FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (OFVM). The other two focus on nutrition and microbiological laboratory programs.

A focus of the review was the scientific capacity and management of the program’s multiple elements across the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM).

One outcome determined is that the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition will develop a process for updating FDA’s Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients (also called the “Redbook”), so that it reflects current science. Additionally, CFSAN and CVM will jointly develop a process to ensure consistency of methodologies used for safety and risk assessments within and across both offices.

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