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HHS - 148 - Food Advisory Committee - Authorized by Law


Committee NameFood Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2018Committee Number148
Original Establishment Date11/28/1990Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date12/12/2017Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*17
Current Charter Date12/18/2015Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Karen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Strambler
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixM.B.A., M.H.A.
Specific Establishment Authority*21 U.S.C. 394Designated Federal Officer Phone*(240) 402-2589
Effective Date Of Authority*11/28/1990Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-436-2637
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee provided advice to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and to other appropriate officials on emerging food safety, food science, and nutrition issues. In addition, the committee recommended ways of communicating to the public potential risks associated with these issues and approaches that may be considered in addressing the risks.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee included a wide range of scientific and technical expertise drawn from different geographical locations throughout the country and strives to include minority and female representation. The committee also included technically qualified members who are identified with consumer interests and non-voting representatives who are identified with industry interests.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee met only five times in the last nine years.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Members of the Committee were drawn from academia, research organizations, state health departments and clinical practice. Their advice and input lends credibility to FDA's regulatory decisions. The alternate means of obtaining this advice would involve the recruitment of a large number of scientists on a full-time basis at maximum rates of compensation.
Why close or partially close meetings?There were no closed meeetings to report in FY18.
Recommendation RemarksIn view of the declining number of issues for which the FAC is determined to provide the most appropriate input to the Center, and the infrequent meetings held by this Committee, it was deemed that the effort and expense of maintaining this advisory committee is no longer justified.

In recent years, the FAC has been convened solely to advise FDA on food safety policies, with other mechanisms being used to provide input into the Center on topics such as nutrition. Its most recent meeting in December 2015, discussed FDA’s policies related to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in foods.

CFSAN has determined that any relevant FAC issues in the future can be addressed by the Agency’s other advisory committees, such as the FDA Science Board and the FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee (RCAC), with additional augmentation of expertise by appropriate subject-matter experts serving as temporary members of those committees. In addition, CFSAN will continue to hold public meetings, webinars, workshops, and conferences to engage with stakeholders. The existing members of the FAC will be retired as special government employees.

The committee was terminated on December 12, 2017.

The committee had no expenditures this year and less than 10% of a staff year was dedicated to terminating it in December 2017.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Center for Food Safety and Nutrition examined consumer advisories to assure that they are scientifically valid and understandable to the consumer.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe utilization of the Food Advisory Committee enabled the Agency to obtain required and frequently scarce professional services from medical and scientific experts not otherwise available to the Agency; and to obtain the services of these experts only on an as needed basis rather than on a full-time basis. The service of the Committee resulted in advice for the improvement of the public health, for which it is difficult to assign a financial value.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*26Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe committee made 26 recommendations from FY-03 through FY-18.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*80.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe function of an advisory committee is purely advisory in nature. Although, the FDA often accepts the recommendations from its committees, the Agency has the option of not implementing the advice.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe function of an advisory committee is purely advisory in nature. Although, the FDA often accepts the recommendations from its committees, the Agency has the option of not implementing the advice.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The DFO provides quarterly notices to members and directs them to updates on the web, press releases, and communications from OC.Narrative Description*FDA's strategic priorities in responding to the public health challenges of the 21st century are to advance regulatory science and innovation; strengthen the safety and integrity of the global supply chain; strengthen compliance and enforcement activities to support public health; expand efforts to meet the needs of special populations; advance medical countermeasures and emergency preparedness; advance food safety and nutrition; promote public health by advancing the safety and effectiveness of medical products; establish an effective tobacco regulation, prevention, and control program; and manage for organizational excellence and accountability. The Food Advisory Committee supports FDA's strategic priorities by providing advice to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs on food safety and nutrition issues. In addition, the committee recommends ways of communicating to the public potential risks and benefits associated with various issues and recommends different approaches that may be considered in addressing potential risks.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Food and Drugs
Food and Drugs


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001716Food Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002392Food Advisory Committee2016
 COM-004041Food Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004509Food Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005923Food Advisory Committee2013
 COM-006510Food Advisory Committee2012
 COM-008027Food Advisory Committee2011
 COM-008790Food Advisory Committee2010
 COM-010279Food Advisory Committee2009
 COM-010643Food Advisory Committee2008
 COM-012231Food Advisory Committee2007
 COM-012896Food Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013946Food Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014578Food Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015640Food Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016805Food Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017689Food Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018393Food Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019524Food Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020549Food Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021534Food Advisory Committee1997