FDA Chemical Hazard Early-Detection Program Seeks ‘Potential’ Risk Data
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
In a contract solicitation, FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition offers insight into its developing “early warning” system for potential chemical hazards in supplements, foods and cosmetics. The agency seeks a contractor to mine data and identify potential risks based on hazard “signals” across a spectrum of information sources.
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CFSAN says the program would involve a center-wide, coordinated and systematic effort to identify and then move signals about contaminants, through a review, management and follow-up process. The process could result in an early response by FDA and other agencies to potentially hazardous chemical threats.