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FDA, EPA Sign Data-Sharing Agreement

Monday, March 23, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a process for sharing information to better inform risk assessments and decision making related to food safety, veterinary medicine and cosmetics. The MOU also details the process for sharing information in instances when a substance is regulated by both agencies. The MOU permits the sharing of information from memoranda, communications, data in petitions and notifications and other documents covering regulated substances that may be present in human food, animal food and feed, animal drugs and cosmetics. The MOU also allows FDA and EPA to share non-public information that may be exempt from public disclosure as confidential business and/or commercial information, subject to limitations. FDA and EPA designated a liaison to exchange inquiries and determine the necessary information and resources to coordinate responses.

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