Improving US FDA Food Programs Starts At Top, Former Senior Agency Officials Say
Former acting commissioner Stephen Ostroff and Sharon Lindan Mayl, previously a senior advisor to FDA commissioner on food programs, say Reagan-Udall report was accurate in finding that establishing food program leadership with defined authorities is key to improving the programs, which include regulation of supplement manufacturing and marketing.
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