The Committee on Food and Chemical Safety promotes a science-based determination of the chemical safety of foods to support the advancement of public health.
How this committee operates:
The Food and Chemical Safety committee focuses on many different issues related to the safety of the food supply. In order to maximize output, the committee is segmented into subcommittees, each focusing on a specific area of food and chemical safety. Explore those subcommittees and the impact of their work below.
Areas of Work
In 2016 the National Academies of Sciences recommended that the food industry, FDA and USDA work to replace the Precautionary Allergen Labeling system for low-level contaminants with a new risk-based labeling approach. This recommendation formed the basis for this project on eliciting doses for peanut protein in allergic individuals. This work, led by scientists at University of Cincinnati, presents the first analysis of US clinical data to determine the relationship between the dose of peanut protein and allergic response in sensitive individuals (expected publication in late February 2021)
The committee was a co-sponsor of the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) Committee on Food Allergies which comes with responsibility for the work of this Committee. The report, Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy was made available in 2017.
General Mills, Inc.
The Hershey Company
Keurig Dr Pepper
Kraft Heinz Company
Norbert Kaminski, PhD, Michigan State University
Randolph Duverna, PhD, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety & Inspection Service Office of Public Health Service
Suzanne Fitzpatrick, PhD, DABT, United States Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Louis D'Amico, PhD,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Projects Supported by the Committee:
2015 Codex guidelines for a mycotoxin do not appear to be affecting the global wheat trade. Without a core-periphery structure and engaged nations in the center of world wheat trade adopting these guidelines, it may take longer for these guidelines to be widely adopted, and for populations worldwide to benefit from lower exposure to Deoxynivalenol in their diets.
These proceedings highlight advances in testing strategies to reduce animal testing and the need for the development of a standardized approach for use of these alternative methodologies in food safety assessment.
This study highlights the potential utility of the RISK21 approach for interpretation of the ToxCast HTS data, as well as the challenges involved in integrating in vitro HTS data into safety assessments. This work was supported by the IAFNS Food and Chemical Safety Committee 2016 Summer Fellowship.
The primary aim of this work was to evaluate a hypothesis on whether a foundational framework (decision tree) previously developed by the North American Branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (IAFNS) Food and Chemical Safety Committee for a risk-based approach to mitigation of process-formed compounds could be applied to other not-readily-avoidable substances, such as mycotoxins.
Each year, the International Association for Food Protection hosts an Annual Meeting, providing attendees with information on current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, innovative solutions to new and recurring problems, and the opportunity to network with thousands of food safety professionals from around the globe. IAFNS is supporting four sessions at the 2020 IAFP Annual Meeting.
IAFNS is pleased to announce the second session in the symposium “Identifying Science Gaps for Risk Assessment of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Food”. This session will address risk characterization with a focus on exposure routes and toxicology, and will build on the first session on PFAS Analytical Methodology which was held June 23rd.
IAFNS is supporting three sessions, a roundtable event and three posters at the 2019 International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting.
IAFNS is hosting the 2019 Food Packaging Conference: Scientific Advances and Challenges in Safety Evaluation of Food Packaging Materials on April 2nd-3rd, 2019. The global two-day conference will bring together international and national experts from academia, government, industry and NGOs to share about toxicology, risk assessment and regulatory science as they relate to food packaging.
54th Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology (EUROTOX 2018)
|Regular & On-Site:|
|16 Mar 2019 - 3 Apr 2019|
*Capacity is limited. Register early! Hotel Accommodations
We have secured a room block at The Westin Washington, DC City Center, the venue for the 2019 Food Packaging Conference, with a nightly rate of $279, exclusive of state and local taxes. The room block ends 11 March 2019 but we recommend that you make your reservation in advance as space fills quickly. After you have successfully registered for your room you will receive an email confirmation. Please click here to reserve your room. Hotel Address:
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
1400 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20005 Travel Air Travel:
Washington, DC is located near three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). Reagan National Airport is located closest to DC and is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines. If commuting to The Westin via Metro from DCA, hop on the blue line at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metro Stop and get off at McPherson Square (7 stops). You can also take a taxi, Uber or Lyft into DC. This will cost around $15-$25.
Dulles Airport is located 26 miles outside of DC in Virginia. To get downtown you can take a taxi, shuttle, Uber or Lyft. A taxi to DC will cost around $60-$70. BWI is the furthest but may offer better flight deals. All three airports offer domestic and international flights daily.Metro:
Metro is the most convenient way to get around DC. This public transportation system consists of six color-coded lines: Red, Blue, Orange, Silver, Green, and Yellow that are connected to each other via transfer stations. To ride Metro you must pay via a SmarTrip card which can be purchased at any Metro station with cash or credit. Most fares range from $2.25 - $6 per trip. Metro runs from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends. The closest Metro stop to the conference venue is McPherson Square, accessible via the orange, silver, and blue lines. Click here for more information about Metro. Taxi:
Another way to travel in DC is by taxi. There are many and all accept cash, credit and debit cards. Uber/Lyft:
To travel by uber or Lyft, download the app onto your smartphone and you can begin requesting a ride by entering the address of your destination. DC Circulator:
The DC Circulator travels along six specific routes and is affordable at just $1 per ride. International
When traveling to the 2019 Food Packaging Conference, the U.S. may require visitors to obtain a visa. This process can take a few weeks to several months to complete, so please be sure to apply early. For more information about your country's visa requirements, visit the U.S. State Department website for the latest information when planning your trip.
IAFNS can provide a formal invitation letter to assist with the visa submission process. Please contact Angela Roberts (email@example.com) to request a letter.
Discover DC:Plan your trip Cherry Blossoms Free Attractions Downtown DC Beyond the National Mall Restaurants Plan your trip Cherry Blossoms
Depending on the weather, the beginning of April is usually around the time cherry blossom trees reach peak bloom in DC. Check out the beautiful pink and white sights on the Tidal Basin.
If you're taking the Metro, use the Blue, Orange or Silver lines and exit at the Smithsonian stop. From there, it's a 10-15 minute walk to the Tidal Basin Welcome Area located at 1501 Maine Avenue SW. If you are taking the Metrobus, the 32, 34 or 36 routes will drop you off at the National Mall.Free Attractions
There are plenty of free attractions in Washington, DC:National Museum of American History
Korean War Veterans Memorial
National Museum of the American Indian
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Arlington National Cemetery
National World War II Memorial
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Gallery of Art Downtown DC
Check out our top picks:White House
National Mall and Memorial Parks
United States Capitol
United States Botanic Garden Beyond the National Mall
Check out these 20 cool museums beyond the National Mall.Restaurants
There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel:0.1 miles from hotel:
West Wing Café Thomas Circle
10 Thomas Restaurant
Stans Restaurant and Lounge 0.2 miles from hotel:
Birch and Barley
Elizabeth's Gone Raw
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