Stephen Ostroff, FDA

FDA’s Stephen Ostroff Sounds Off on FSMA: Miles to Go

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Stephen Ostroff, FDA

The agency’s new deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine comments on FSMA implementation.

With less than a week under his belt as the new Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Stephen Ostroff, M.D., has made one of his first official statements about food safety. Calling the FSMA final rules a paradigm shift in prevention versus response, he emphasized the importance of the implementation stage on FDA Voice, the agency’s blog.

“The people of FDA, under the leadership of Michael R. Taylor, worked tirelessly to find the right intersection between science and policy; to develop innovative and practical solutions to complex challenges; and, to engage in open and meaningful discussions with the many communities within the diverse food supply system,” said Ostroff in the blog.

Although industry has “miles to go” during implementation, Ostroff emphasized the behind-the-scenes work that made FSMA happen—thanking specific members of Congress, consumer activists such as STOP Foodborne Illness, public policy organizations, national associations such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association, government organizations and global regulatory counterparts.

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