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A New Food Agency Has Become Unnecessary (For Now)

Friday, January 15th, 2010

FDA Matters applauds the appointment of Mr. Michael Taylor to be the first Deputy Commissioner for Foods at FDA. With more authority, experience and stature than any previous food leader, he has the opportunity to shape and re-shape food regulation and the safety of the food supply.

Because Mr. Taylor will be outstanding in this new post, the campaign for a separate food agency will go away, at least for a couple of years. (more…)

Has FDA Slipped Back into Anti-industry Mode?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

An industry CEO wrote me to observe: FDA is returning to the anti-industry paradigm of the past.  His concern is understandable. Yet, I respectfully disagreed with him. It is natural to fear change. It is easy to confuse activism with ideology.

FDA Matters believes there are two perspectives from which to judge the situation of FDA versus industry. (more…)

Stigmatizing the Obese and Criminalizing Food

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Well-meaning policymakers are constantly advocating for specific solutions to societal problems. They intend to create a better world and often they do.

In the process, their good purpose is sometimes hijacked by unintended consequences. FDA Matters believes this is the inevitable fate of policies that tell Americans what foods they are allowed to eat. (more…)

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