The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition has created a new agency- the Office of Food, Safety, Defense and Outreach- to consolidate food safety outreach, education and defense with its counter terrorism and chief medical officer responsibilities.

OFSDO will serve as the overall center responsible for coordinating, developing and delivering high-quality outreach and education products to consumers, the food industry, health professionals and other regulatory authorities.

Center-wide outreach and education functions and associated personnel have been merged into OFSDO, with delegated authority on Center-based communication. The functions include consumer education and industry outreach formerly within the Office of Constituent Operations, trade press activities formerly within the Executive Operations Staff, labeling and nutrition outreach formerly within the Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements and outreach and education currently within FSSS.

All the announced changes are designed to improve the quality, quantity and timeliness of CFSAN outreach and education. In addition, the changes are intended to provide a more visible interface to stakeholders and to ensure Center-wide consistency in procedures and consumer messages.

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