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New FDA Commissioner Confirmed

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The U.S. Senate last week confirmed Dr. Robert Califf as the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Califf previously served as the deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco at FDA and was a longtime researcher at Duke University. He succeeds Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who stepped down as commissioner last spring. As FDA Commissioner, Califf will be tasked with finalizing rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act and will handle pending food safety and labeling reforms, tobacco regulations and proposals to streamline drug reviews, among other issues.

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