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Dr. Stephen M. Ostroff

Scott Gottlieb keeps FDA office hours while growing star power

The Wall Street Journal’s May 22 Health Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington D.C. will feature 22 speakers, including several CEOs for big pharmacy and giant insurance companies. But in a full-page advertisement, which WSJ has been running at the expense of its paper and ink, the top billing goes to Food and… Continue Reading

New commissioner says his time is going to food safety at FDA

New FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb claims food and tobacco issues are taking up a majority of his time. Maybe so, but there’s nothing on his public calendar to prove it. Drug approvals and the regulation of medical devices usually take up more of the FDA commissioners’ time than the food side of the house. But… Continue Reading

New leadership at USDA, FDA might increase outside meetings

Poultry, antibiotics, Ionophores and activities with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency were among the subjects of April meetings between Al Almanza, administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and people outside the federal government. Almanza’s public calendar for April included five meetings, four before Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was confirmed by the… Continue Reading

Not a lot of outsider demand for meetings with “acting” agency heads

Al Almanza and Carmen Rottenberg are keeping the coffee hot at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) but they are not getting many takers during this transition in government period. Almanza, the acting deputy undersecretary for USDA’s food safety office who also doubles as FSIS administrator, and Rottenberg, who has… Continue Reading

January saw few outside meetings for top food safety officials

The federal government’s transition month of January saw only a handful of meetings involving top food safety officials and members of the public. Both the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration report on meetings between their top officials and people outside the government. FSIS reports on those meetings… Continue Reading

Foreign officials, states and businesses want Almanza’s time

The federal government’s top food safety officials made up in the second quarter for any lapses in their first quarter in reporting of their meetings with people outside the U.S. government. The so-called public calendars disclose after-the-fact who has gained valuable face time with top decision makers. At USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS),… Continue Reading