U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael Taylor issued a joint letter yesterday announcing that Stephen Sundlof was stepping down from his position of director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).  He has accepted a two-year assignment with the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  

Sundlof served as director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine for 14 years prior to his appointment as director of CFSAN in January of 2008.  While at CFSAN he was responsible for leading the development and implementation of programs and policies related to the composition, quality, safety, and labeling of foods, food and color additives, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.  He will remain an advisor for the FDA Foods Program.

In his new position, Sundlof will begin a training and development program in regulatory science.  This program is a collaborative effort between the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Minnesota, and the Ohio State University.  It will be designed for government employees, offering a blend of science, policy, leadership, and nontechnical skills Hamburg and Taylor stated are, “necessary to be successful in today’s complex regulatory environment.”

Michael Landa, who has been Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs at CFSAN since 2004, will serve as Acting Director.  Roberta Wagner, who has served as Director of CFSAN’s Office of Compliance since 2008, and Donald Kraemer, who has served as Deputy Director of CFSAN’s Office of Food Safety since 2007, will serve as Acting Deputy Directors. 

  • Ann Quinn, consumer

    This is also the man who in 2007 — negotiated in April 2007 by CVM and signed by Dr. Sundlof on behalf of CVM in August 2007 — as dead pets were not even counted, signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)agreement to continue AAFCO as the regulation setter for U.S. pet food until 2012.
    U.S. pet owners are not likely to forget or forgive Dr. Sundlof’s direct actions regarding the current lack of pet food safety and leaving such an inept group as AAFCO and
    the Pet Food Institue in charge of pet food safety in my consumer opinion.
    And hopefully consumers won’t forget Dr. Sundlof’s instrumental
    guidance in setting tolerable levels of melamine in infant
    formula and the entire U.S. food supply with results on human
    kidney disease that have yet to be determined.