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Sharon Natanblut now consults on policy and communications issues. Until February 2018, she served as senior advisor to the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, as well as Director of Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Engagement for the foods program. She previously served as deputy director of the FDA’s tobacco program and associate commissioner for strategic initiatives.

The FDA has an opportunity now to update its recall disclosure policy to provide consumers critical information they need and want to protect themselves during an outbreak. The agency can, and should, begin routinely identifying which retailers and individual store locations sold recalled food. This information will motivate consumers who have shopped in these stores…

One month after leaving FDA, I was asked to advise a company that was about to undergo a food recall for the first time.   

In my tenure at the Food and Drug Administration, leading communications for the foods program, I was usually involved in recalls tied to major outbreaks or to complex, potentially high-risk food…