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Candidates for FDA top job focus on drugs, not food, so far

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Just ahead of the anticipated appointment of an FDA commissioner by President Donald J. Trump, there’s a bit of a buzz about a new candidate who is the fourth to be seriously considered for the job of regulating more than $1 trillion of annual economic activity. All the candidates for FDA commissioner are focused on the processes… Continue Reading

Storms and stability ahead for food safety efforts in 2017

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Food safety in 2017 will be dependent on our “complicated bureaucracies” that exist to get through transitions and times of change. Both USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  are sure to be  taking many “business as usual” actions in January. Confucius taught the Ancient Chinese bureaucracies… Continue Reading

Survey of store recall notification policies shows efforts are ‘inadequate’

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A new survey of 32 leading grocery chains about their in-store recall notification practices reveals policies so “woefully inadequate” that consumers may or may not hear about recalled food items, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should move quickly to adopt a standardized recall notification system as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). That’s… Continue Reading

IAFP 2016 — Feds channel The Stones: You can’t always get what you want

The USDA's Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza, left, answers a question from the audience as FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Stephen Ostroff, right, listens. The two top food cops gave a U.S. regulatory update Monday afternoon at the annual conference of the International Association for Food Protection. About 3,000 people are registered for the four-day event in St. Louis.  (Photo by Coral Beach)

ST. LOUIS — Neither of the top U.S. food cops on stage here had the moves of Mick Jagger, but they borrowed the sentiment from one of The Stones’ greatest hits when they summed up federal progress on the food safety front. “You can’t always get what you want,” Jagger said in 1969. But, if… Continue Reading

FDA’s Strategic Plan: Food safety, nutrition, animal health

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Editor’s note: The Food and Drug Administration posted this “FDA Voice” column July 14 under the title “Charting a Path Forward on Food Safety, Nutrition and Animal Health.” It was co-authored by Stephen Ostroff, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine; Susan Mayne, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; and Tracey Forfa, acting director… Continue Reading

Q & A with FDA’s new top food cop Stephen Ostroff

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Editor’s note: This interview with Stephen Ostroff was originally published by FDA on June 2, 2016. Stephen Ostroff, M.D. is the FDA’s new Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine (FVM). He succeeds Michael R. Taylor, who became the first deputy commissioner for the FVM program in 2010. Dr. Ostroff served as acting FDA commissioner from… Continue Reading

FDA Tells Senate Subcommittee Full Funding is ‘Absolutely Critical’ for FSMA Success

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It’s an oft-heard statement from officials at the Food and Drug Administration: The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires sufficient funding allocated by Congress in order to be a success. The testimony that Acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff and Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor gave before the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday… Continue Reading