Food processing

Califf appointed new FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON, DC – On November 12, the White House released a statement from President Joe Biden about his intention to appoint Robert Califf, MD MACC, as commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration. Dr Califf previously served as FDA Commissioner from 2016 to 2017.

“I would first like to thank Dr. Janet Woodcock for her leadership over the past year,” Biden said in the release. “She has done an incredible job as the head of the agency during what has been a busy and difficult time, and she and the career staff of the FDA have worked hard and followed the science to ensure that the public Americans can trust the decisions made by the FDA. “

Califf’s experience includes nearly 40 years of experience and international recognition in clinical trial research, health disparities, health care quality and cardiovascular medicine, according to the White House press release. .

Dr. Robert Califf, appointed Commissioner of the FDA by the Biden administration. (Source: American Feed Industry Association)

He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University, where he founded the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Califf is also head of clinical policy at Verily Life Sciences. His career includes over 1,200 peer-reviewed publications.

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) greeted the news with congratulations.

“On behalf of the U.S. feed industry, we congratulate Dr. Robert Califf on his appointment as the head of the Food and Drug Administration for the Biden administration and look forward to working with him on the priorities of the feed industry, ”said Constance Cullman, President. and Director General of AFIA. “It is very important to endorse innovative food ingredients that enable our industry to provide quality nutrition to livestock and pets and reduce our environmental impact. “

Cullman also noted some priorities for the pet food and feed industry she hopes will be addressed by the FDA in the future. According to AFIA, it currently takes an average of three to five years for ingredients to be approved through the FDA’s rigorous review process.

“For each year of delay [in ingredient approvals], it costs businesses $ 1.75 million per year in revenue, ”Cullman said. “As a physician, Dr Califf can understand that the science of animal nutrition is advancing as rapidly as the science of modern medicine, and producers need these ingredients to help their domestic livestock reach their full potential.

“The FDA also continues to defend an outdated policy that regulates certain ingredients as ‘drugs’ versus ‘animal feed’, which has left the United States uncompetitive in the global landscape, while other countries are advancing in record time with technologies that will enable them to achieve their climate goals.

“Dr. Califf will be instrumental in writing the next chapter in U.S. history by helping us not only end this pandemic, but also provide the kind of thought leadership we need to play. the long game in many areas affected by food and agriculture, “Cullman concluded.” We urge the Senate to act quickly on his appointment. “

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