Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FDA's Regulatory Policies Related to Nutrition - FDA Announces Dietetics and Nutrition Webinar Co-Sponsored with the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN)

The FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and JIFSAN are jointly sponsoring a Dietetics and Nutrition webinar September 22-23, 2014, from 11:30 AM until 3:30 PM EDT.  The webinar is designed for dietetic interns, students and faculty in dietetics and nutrition, and practitioners in dietetics, nutrition and related professional areas.  Other interested parties may also participate.  The purpose of the webinar is to communicate FDA’s nutrition and regulatory activities that are relevant to the practice of nutrition and dietetics.  In March, 2012, the Joint FDA/JIFSAN webinar covered current and basic information on food and nutrition regulatory processes.  As the information on these topic areas have advanced over the past two years, this year’s webinar will cover related new and updated information on food and nutrition regulatory processes.  More specifically, the agenda includes the following:

  •  September 22nd - Updating the Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels, including serving sizes; labeling claims; infant formula regulations; medical foods; seafood and health; and consumer research at FDA. 
  •  September 23rd - Color additives in foods; FDA’s regulatory programs on chemical contaminants food allergens; approaches to reducing sodium consumption; FDA’s GRAS notification process on the safety of live microbial cultures; partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) and trans fat; overview of high-intensity sweeteners; and dietary supplements.

The webinar is designed to be interactive.  In addition to addressing questions at the end of each presentation, there will be case studies, quizzes and polls during the presentations. The Commission on Dietetics Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has approved this two-day webinar for up to seven continuing professional education credits.  A fee of $50 will be charged per registration.  Registration is available at: .

Prerequisite information that will assist in understanding the content in this webinar has been archived at: .  Reviewing the prerequisite information will be of particular importance to those not as familiar with FDA and its regulatory processes.  The following archival presentations are recommended as prerequisite information about the FDA food and nutrition regulatory processes, programs and recent activities in these areas:  Introduction to FDA and the food and nutrition regulatory process; overview of food labeling requirements; consumer education; international activities within the foods program; and FDA’s MedWatch reporting system.  These background presentations provide an excellent foundation for webinar participants and assist in a fuller understanding of the topics covered in the 2014 webinar. 

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