FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

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How food safety is best organized in a country this big and this populous is the question we should be asking. Instead during the past confusing year, we’ve come to focus only on the internal organization of the Food and Drug Administration.

We now know the timeline

Continue Reading Letter from the Editor: An independent food safety board is far better than anything FDA Commissioner does on his own

The pork industry earlier this week said it wants to get the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) out of regulating livestock genome editing.  But unless pigs fly, that possibility seems pretty remote.

That’s because FDA is the center post of America’s food safety-based regulation of genome editing of plants and
Continue Reading Don’t look for FDA to “pork out” as the nation’s top regulator of livestock genome editing

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the 23rd U.S. Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will leave the post just short of two years on the job.

Gottlieb surprised Washington D.C. on Tuesday when he announced he is stepping down in another month. He says he wants to spend more time with
Continue Reading Scotty, We Hardly Knew Ye!

The new investigative report about romaine lettuce contamination drew comments Wednesday from both FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas. The report looks at the most recent romaine E. coli outbreak, which was declared over on Jan. 9 after confirmation of 62 illnesses in 16 states and the
Continue Reading New FDA report blames on-farm water for latest romaine contamination

Opinion

We all know an oxymoron when we hear one. Among my favorites: army intelligence, Amtrak schedule, and traffic engineering. Writers usually try to avoid unwittingly using oxymorons.

One that I am always trying to stamp out at Food Safety News is “voluntary recall.”

At least since the Food Safety
Continue Reading Letter from The Editor: The oxymoron that FDA keeps alive

The Food and Drug Administration has “more than 200 food investigators” on the job “not counting support staff and supervisors” out of about 550 total professionals “when the agency is fully operational,” according to Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

In a “tweet” Monday, the FDA commissioner said he was responding to questions
Continue Reading FDA food investigations running at less than 50 percent of normal

Undeclared allergens have been driving recent increases in food recalls, which some say contributes to the trend of consumers ignoring recall notices. A year ago, a national recall consultant found millennials are the “least compliant consumer age group when it comes to responding to recalls.”   

But earlier this week, FDA
Continue Reading FDA considers whether sesame should be subject to allergen labeling law

Opinion

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not known for changing up their relationships with the news media. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as the information these two agencies provide usually is critical and reaches the public in a timely manner.
Continue Reading Letter from The Editor: Is your credibility on the rise or falling off the charts?