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CFSAN expands nutrition team


The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has appointed a new member to the senior management team to respond faster to the issues of nutrition, obesity and dietary supplements.

Alan Rulis, currently director of the Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS) takes up the newly created post of Senior Advisor for Applied Nutrition until a permanent member is found.

"Our emphasis here needs to be on strong science and on providing better information to consumers," said Joseph Levitt, the director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Dr Rulis will focus on the Commissioner's Consumer Health Information for Better Nutrition initiative with Dr Christine Taylor, in charge of the Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements (ONPLDS) and Dr Elizabeth Yetley, CFSAN's lead scientist for Nutrition.

Dr Laura Tarantino, deputy director of OFAS, will be the acting director during Rulis' absence. Levitt also appointed Dr Robert Brackett, director of Food Safety, as the new food security/counter-terrorism focal point for the Center. The changes became effective June 2, 2003.

"I believe these changes will increase our responsiveness to these priorities, and that they will improve our internal efficiency as well," said Levitt.