US FDA’s First Deputy Commissioner For Foods Studied For Post In Agency’s External Review
James Jones had 30-year career at the EPA before participating in the Reagan-Udall Foundation’s review of FDA’s food safety programs, reaching deep into agency’s current structural and operational norms to suggest far-reaching changes.
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FDA says plan forwarded for review by Department of Health and Human Services to start “formal external review process.” After “several critical steps” which would follow HHS sign-off, FDA expects to implement unified Human Food Program during 2024.
ODSP Director Cara Welch spoke about food programs structure and other supplement industry regulatory news days before first day on the job for agency’s first deputy commissioner for human foods, a post added in the human foods reorganization plan.
Reorganization of CFSAN and related ORA operations into “unified Human Foods Program” would move ODSP into Office of Food Chemical Safety, Dietary Supplements and Innovation. Stakeholders plan to influence agency against making the change, or sway lawmakers to object, similar to what they did pushing for ODSP’s establishment less than 10 years ago.