April - June 2017
Welcome to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s (CFSAN) News for Educators! Check out our latest information and materials for educating your consumer groups. We also encourage you to share this update and invite your colleagues to sign up for future issues!
Listeria – A Growing Danger to Hispanic Women. The FDA has updated its Preventing Listeriosis in Pregnant Hispanic Women in the U.S.: Community Educator's Guide to a Serious Foodborne Risk to help you spread the word about Listeria, a foodborne illness found in foods contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) bacterium. Because their immune systems are altered during pregnancy, all pregnant women and their unborn children are at serious risk for listeriosis. And, Hispanic women are at even greater risk because of a dietary tradition of eating products made with unpasteurized milk. This guide and its accompanying media kit (available in English and Spanish) includes a variety of printable and customizable materials to help you educate women on Listeria and its dangers.
May is Celiac Awareness Month! It’s a great time to brush up on gluten and the current federal regulations on gluten labeling. While gluten-free labeling is voluntary, the FDA has established a clear definition of the term “gluten-free” that manufacturers must meet when using the term on food labels. In addition, FDA encourages restaurants to be consistent with FDA’s definition when using the term on menus. Now consumers and especially those with celiac disease have a more reliable way to avoid gluten at home and on the go. Find out more about gluten and food labeling and how you can keep those with celiac disease informed and safe this month and beyond.
Is it a cosmetic or a drug? Consumers may not know if a product is a cosmetic, a drug, or both, especially when it involves a personal care product with multiple claims. The FDA regulates cosmetics and drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), which clearly distinguishes between what is a drug, a cosmetic, or a “cosmeceutical.” You may be surprised to hear the law doesn’t recognize any product as a “cosmeceutical.” But it is possible for one product to be both a cosmetic and a drug. Learn more about how to tell the difference.