U.S. FDA Chief Wants Closer Ties With EU

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new chief says her agency hopes to build closer ties with European Union counterparts to better protect public health.

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the FDA says her agency and the EU's food safety authority, EFSA and London-based European Medicine Authority, or EMEA, will share more data and expertise. Hamburg took up her post as head of the FDA over a month ago. She is in Brussels Thursday to hold talks with EU counterparts.

Washington and Brussels earlier this year have agreed to post experts in each other's food and drug safety agencies to further coordination of policies.

Areas of closer coordination between the EU and the U.S. include food safety controls and developing new rules on nutrition labeling of food.