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"It's Time for a New Approach"

FDA Assistant Commissioner of Food Protection discusses new food safety plan U.S. Food & Drug Administration Assistant Commissioner of Food Protection David C. Acheson MD, told PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2007 attendees that a new food safety plan is in the works at FDA.         "The new plan, once it's cleared, will have more specifics to build better prevention, stronger intervention, and faster response components," Acheson said, adding, "We need a new approach to food safety and food defense across the board.

FDA Assistant Commissioner of Food Protection discusses new food safety plan

U.S. Food & Drug Administration Assistant Commissioner of Food Protection David C. Acheson MD, told PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2007 attendees that a new food safety plan is in the works at FDA.
        "The new plan, once it's cleared, will have more specifics to build better prevention, stronger intervention, and faster response components," Acheson said, adding, "We need a new approach to food safety and food defense across the board."
        Acheson said the FDA will work to merge the concepts and tactics associated with food safety and food defense.
        "We'll prevent outbreaks and attacks with safety built in from the start," Acheson said.
       However, he also said the U.S. food supply is, as a whole, generally safe.
        "We're not here dealing with a food safety crisis," he pointed out, noting too that food safety needs to be treated with the same level of import as any other public health issue.
        "Fundamentally, what we will do at FDA is to move from a reactive to a proactive position. We have got to get up and be proactive," he said. Acheson expects to be able to release the FDA's new food safety plan within a few weeks.
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