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Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, known as CFSAN, is one of six product-oriented centers, in addition to a nationwide field force, that carry out the mission of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA is a scientific regulatory agency responsible for the safety of the nation's domestically produced and imported foods, cosmetics, drugs, biologics, medical devices, and radiological products.

The Center provides services to consumers, domestic and foreign industry and other outside groups regarding field programs; agency administrative tasks; scientific analysis and support; and policy, planning and handling of critical issues related to food and cosmetics. Most Center staff members work in the Center's headquarters in College Park, Maryland. The Center also operates research facilities in Laurel, Maryland, Bedford, IL, and in Dauphin Island, Alabama. 

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Meet the Center Director 

Susan T. Mayne, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Susan T. Mayne, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Mayne is an internationally recognized public health leader and scientist. As CFSAN Director, Dr. Mayne has led significant public health achievements, which include issuing the foundational rules and guidances of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), making the Nutrition Facts label more informative and easier to use, and setting sodium reduction targets for industry to improve the healthfulness of the U.S. food supply, among many others. 

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