sunny.png
Tuesday February 7th, 2023 4:13PM

Panel calls for stronger leadership of FDA foods program

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

A panel on Tuesday called for changes at the federal agency that oversees most of the nation's food supply, saying revamped leadership, a clear mission and more urgency are needed to prevent illness outbreaks and to promote good health.

But the report stopped short of recommending specific steps to take, instead offering several scenarios such as creating a separate food agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; putting the Food and Drug Administration commissioner directly in charge of the foods program; or creating a deputy commissioner for foods.

Leadership and culture must also be restructured to better respond to food safety crises and chronic public health problems, according to the 51-page report by the Reagan-Udall Foundation, a group separate from but closely tied to the FDA.

The “lack of a single, clearly identified person” to lead the foods program has led to a culture of “constant turmoil” at the agency, the report found.

The FDA oversees human and veterinary drugs and medical devices. along with much of the U.S. food supply. The Agriculture Department also oversees some food products.

Experts called the report a strong “first step” to addressing longstanding internal issues that have contributed to problems such as the deadly contaminated infant formula crisis that led to a national shortage this year.

“It's essentially acknowledging that there needs to be a cultural change,” said Brian Ronholm, director of food policy at Consumer Reports.

But others said the agency should have indicated which restructuring option would be best.

“They lay out all the options,” said Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer who testified to the panel that conducted the review. “I kind of wish they would have picked one.”

FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf said he would consider which changes to make after reviewing the report and consulting with experts inside and outside the agency.

In the meantime, Califf said he would closely oversee the foods program himself until changes are made.

“I will be fully engaged to ensure that the program comes out of this transition," he said in a statement.

Califf called for the review of the food side of FDA in July, giving the panel 60 working days to come up with recommendations for the foods program. The request did not ask for evaluation of the Center for Veterinary Medicine or the programs that oversee cosmetics and dietary supplements.

From the start, critics were concerned that the time frame was too short, that leaving the veterinary center out of the review was a mistake and that the foundation – whose mission is to support FDA – might not be the right entity to conduct an impartial evaluation.

The FDA will provide public updates early next year, Califf said.

___

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science and Educational Media Group. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Health, AP Business, AP Business - Corporate News
© Copyright 2023 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Warnock or Walker? Georgia voters settle last Senate seat
Georgia voters are deciding the final Senate contest in the country
2:56PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Ronaldo benched for World Cup match against Switzerland
Cristiano Ronaldo isn't in the starting lineup for Portugal’s game against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the World Cup
2:39PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Colorado gay club shooting suspect charged with hate crimes
The suspect accused of entering a Colorado Springs gay nightclub and killing five people and wounding 17 others was formally charged with 305 criminal counts including hate crimes and murder
2:32PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Panel proposes major overhaul of German hospital financing
An expert panel has unveiled a proposal for a major overhaul of Germany’s system for funding hospitals that it says will promote quality over quantity
5:50AM ( 9 hours ago )
Minnesota town drops Texas-style anti-abortion lawsuit plan
A Minnesota town has backed away from a proposal to let people sue abortion providers, including organizations that provide abortion drugs by mail, after the state attorney general warned that the plan was unconstitutional
2:52PM ( 1 day ago )
Pfizer asks FDA to clear updated COVID shot for kids under 5
Pfizer is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5
10:49AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Health
Federal judge OKs Oregon's new high-capacity magazine ban
A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, will allow a new voter-passed ban on high-capacity gun magazines to go into effect Thursday
2:07PM ( 53 minutes ago )
Trump Organization jury deliberating, focusing on last count
Jurors deliberating criminal tax fraud charges against Donald Trump’s company are zeroing in on the charge of falsifying business records
2:01PM ( 59 minutes ago )
Titans fire GM Jon Robinson in midst of his 7th season
Tennessee owner Amy Adams Strunk fired general manager Jon Robinson in the midst of his seventh season with the Titans off to a 7-5 start
1:54PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Farmers of color sue government for promised federal aid
A class-action lawsuit says the federal government has illegally broken a promise to pay off the debts of a group of Black farmers
11:08AM ( 3 hours ago )
Japan, Belgium to cooperate in chip production, development
A newly founded Japanese semiconductor company aiming to revive Japan’s chip industry has signed an agreement to collaborate with a Belgian research organization in developing next-generation chips for production in Japan
9:58AM ( 5 hours ago )
US police rarely deploy deadly robots to confront suspects
The unabashedly liberal city of San Francisco became the unlikely proponent of weaponized police robots last week after supervisors approved them for limited use
7:44PM ( 19 hours ago )
AP Business - Corporate News
Warnock or Walker? Georgia voters settle last Senate seat
Georgia voters are deciding the final Senate contest in the country
2:56PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Ronaldo benched for World Cup match against Switzerland
Cristiano Ronaldo isn't in the starting lineup for Portugal’s game against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the World Cup
2:39PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Colorado gay club shooting suspect charged with hate crimes
The suspect accused of entering a Colorado Springs gay nightclub and killing five people and wounding 17 others was formally charged with 305 criminal counts including hate crimes and murder
2:32PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Morocco beats Spain on penalties to advance at World Cup
Morocco became the first Arab nation and only the fourth African nation to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals by beating Spain 3-0 in a penalty shootout
2:31PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Jan. 6 'heroes' honored for defending Capitol from Trump mob
Top House and Senate leaders have bestowed Congress' highest honor on law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021
2:30PM ( 29 minutes ago )