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Stephen Ostroff, M.D., is the Food and Drug Administration's Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. He oversees the food and animal health activities of FDA, including FDA's responsibilities in the areas of food safety and nutrition, food labeling, food and color additives, cosmetics, dietary supplements, animal drugs and animal feed, and research to support the food and veterinary medicine mission of FDA.

As Deputy Commissioner, he provides leadership and direction to FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the foods-related programs of FDA’s inspection and compliance arm, the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). His responsibilities include leading the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.


Stephen M. Ostroff is a former deputy commissioner for foods at the Food and Drug Administration. He wrote this column recently.

Exactly a year ago, during Thanksgiving week, I was involved in the government’s decision to recommend removing romaine lettuce from grocery store shelves and restaurants. We also advised

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