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FDA’s former top food cop now focused on food security



Editor’s note: Mike Taylor, who just left his post as deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, sent this message to friends and colleagues June 8 and granted Food Safety News permission to reprint it here. Since I announced my plans to leave FDA, a number of you have asked what I will do next.  With… Continue Reading

Third-party auditor certification: Not the only tool in the toolkit


Enough went into the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to make the food industry queasy, but the new law’s limited reliance on third-party auditors is still enough to make consumer advocates feel about the same way — at least for a while. The FSMA’s final rule on Accredited Third-Party Certification means the private auditors that… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: The transition is underway



When this month of June ends, there will be just 200 days to go until Barack Obama is no longer president of the United States. Nobody has yet paid it much attention, but we are already in a transition period between this administration and the next one. We’d like to think its all tidy and… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Mike Taylor soon to get some me-time



“Food safety is a continuous improvement activity,” says Mike Taylor, the outgoing deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Taylor was responding to questions from Food Safety News on the day after he announced he’d be leaving government after seven years as FDA’s food safety boss. Food… Continue Reading

FDA’s Mike Taylor departing agency — totally on his own terms


Mike Taylor has chosen the time and day for his departure for a second time from government. His friends and associates received his personal email at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday. It was embargoed until FDA released the news two hours later, marking “on or about” June 1 as his departure date. Anti-Taylor activists — many of whom… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: A ‘Herculean Accomplishment’


Mike Taylor

Only two more Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules remain to be finalized. Final rules for Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration are due out next spring. But with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) release last week of final FSMA rules on Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification, and Accredited Third Party Verification, long-sought reform… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Taylor and Almanza Share the Same Stage in Portland


Tuesday’s schedule at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting in Portland, OR, featured the “Mike and Al Show” competing with lunch, but there still was a large crowd at the Oregon Convention Center to hear two of the nation’s top food safety officials. Mike Taylor, Deputy FDA Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: We’re Off to IAFP in Portland

Portland and Mt. Hood

The 2015 annual meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) got underway yesterday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR. We will be in the Rose City today through Tuesday because IAFP is always one of the most newsworthy food safety events of the year, and this one will be no different…. Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Time to Call Your Members of Congress



One of the surprises of my life is how much of my time has been spent on various regulatory systems. I fondly remember all my political science professors on such topics as constitutional law, state and local government, federalism, and even Marxism taught by the department commie (I told him to hold the Karl but… Continue Reading

Food Safety News Hands Santa Nice List Nominees for 2014


Merry Christmas! Whether today finds you celebrating the birth of Christ, the Winter Solstice, or about to observe Kwanzaa, the one thing everyone can agree on is that we need more nice people in this world. Food Safety News is pleased to present our sixth-annual nominations for Santa’s nice list. As we did during the… Continue Reading