FDA Commissioner Names Directors To Food Safety And Veterinary Centers

Commissioner of Food and Drugs Andrew C. von Eschenbach announced two major changes in the agency’s senior leadership team. Effective today, Stephen F. Sundlof is moving from director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) to director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D., who is deputy director of CVM, will assume directorship of CVM, also effective today.

“It is more important than ever that the American public feel confident in the safety of the food they eat and feed their loved ones,” said von Eschenbach. “Drs. Sundlof and Dunham are world class scientists and leaders, with the dedication, vision and expertise needed to tackle challenges and enhance the science involved in assuring the safety and nutritional value of something so vital to healthy life; namely our food.”

Dr. Dunham has worked closely with Dr. Sundlof in her role as deputy director of CVM since 2006. While serving as CVM deputy director, Dr. Dunham also was the director for CVM’s Office of Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Drug Development, the office that oversees drug development for minor species, such as zoo animals, ornamental fish, parrots, ferrets, guinea pigs, sheep, goats, catfish, and honeybees. That office also oversees drug development for uncommon diseases in major species, such as cattle, pigs, chicken, turkeys, horses, dogs and cats.

Before joining the FDA in 2002, Dr. Dunham served in several positions with the American Veterinary Medical Association and held faculty positions at several universities, including at the Department of Pharmacology at the State University of New York Health Science Center (SUNY-HSC) at Syracuse, while concurrently acting as the director of laboratory animal medicine at SUNY-HSC at Syracuse.

Source: FDA

(Thanks Martin)

17 Responses to “FDA Commissioner Names Directors To Food Safety And Veterinary Centers”

  1. Pukanuba says:

    “It is more important than ever that the American public feel confident in the safety of the food they eat and feed their loved ones,” said von Eschenbach.

    Does this announcement give you a lot of confidence? Doesn’t do a thing for me……

  2. Carol says:

    Pukanuba says:

    January 7th, 2008 at 8:25 am
    “It is more important than ever that the American public feel confident in the safety of the food they eat and feed their loved ones,” said von Eschenbach.

    Does this announcement give you a lot of confidence? Doesn’t do a thing for me……

    Well, I have to say I agree with you 100%. I honestly believe that the same thing that was happening one year ago now could be happening again with the same results! I hope I can be proved wrong!

  3. KAEfamily says:

    Same people in different position in the same organization. How will that make it better? Of course, for the sake of all pets, I am hoping for the best.

  4. Katie says:

    Doesn’t make me feel safer or better.

    Katie

  5. Denise says:

    It does not make me feel better. I am cooking for my dog. I use 1/2 Eagle Pack Hollistic food and I cook. Amish meat with no hormones or antibotics and Laua’s ground beef (Vegatarian fed Beef) wild caught salmon too. I am scared to death of commercial dog and cat food. I am really thinking of pulling my dog completly off the dog food altogether. This has gone to far and I love my dog. she is part of the family.They need to get someone on this and really levy some fines and keep checking this food. I just don’t think it will happen because they just feel like our pets are not that important .

  6. straybaby says:

    so we have the VET who admittedly can’t prepare nutritious meals for his PETS now heading up HUMAN food safety and applied NUTRITION?!

    okay.

    i would like to thank my mother for skoolin’ me in good nutrition and food habits at an early age. any parents out there, i suggest you do the same :) a childhood of good SAFE eating habits will last a lifetime. can’t say as much for the USDA/FDA’s practices. watch out for the cloned beef and dairy being served up next!

  7. 3catkidneyfailure says:

    Dear FDA and CVM:
    After the MOU signed with AAFCO by the CVM, the American public
    does not feel safer and the situation is no better. Do your job and
    regulate pet food for the health and welfare and safety of companion
    animals.

  8. Don Earl says:

    Moving Dr. Sundlof from pet food to human food will certainly make our pets safer, but we’re in heap big trouble.

  9. Penny says:

    We haven’t eaten pork since the FDA decided to feed contaminated pet food to hogs, and we no longer buy beef and chicken from the grocery store.

    I cook “from scratch” (much healthier and cheaper), and make my own pet food.

    The FDA’s incompetence killed thousands of pets, and they continue to allow tainted foodstuffs to be imported.

  10. 5CatMom says:

    Moving the FDA’s deck chairs around won’t help.

    The FDA needs to lock the doors of companies that produce poison food, put the CEO’s in jail, and levy huge fines.

  11. Gindy says:

    Hey Denise, make sure the Amish you buy from don’t have any puppy mills in their back barn.

  12. Purringfur says:

    Why I have absolutely NO FAITH in the FDA/USDA to protect the food supply:

    It was against the law to sell the mela-chickens & mela-porkers to the public, after it was known that the pigs & chickens ate contaminated feed! (And, I don’t buy the “melamine-only” story.)

    A USDA law was knowingly broken. Any animal for human consumption that was known to have eaten “adulterated feed” was to be destroyed and NOT sold for food. The USDA was even going to compensate the ranchers for euthanizing & disposing of the poultry…

    But, NO….. WE ATE THE CHICKEN & PORK!

    A look back in time… In their own words…

    April 30, 2007: Joint Release from FDA/USDA on the Poultry & Swine That Ate the Adulterated Feed:

    “Because the poultry being held have been fed adulterated products, USDA cannot knowingly approve products derived from these poultry for human consumption. USDA is offering to compensate producers who euthanize this poultry. USDA is also offering the expertise and assistance of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) personnel in carrying out depopulation activities, to ensure adherence to Federal and State laws.

    FDA and USDA anticipate that as the investigation continues additional farms will likely be identified that received contaminated feed. As indicated in previous updates, FDA and USDA have also traced contaminated feed to swine farms in several states. The same procedures are being followed in relation to both swine and poultry; animals are being quarantined by state order or voluntarily held by the owners and USDA is offering compensation for depopulation and disposal of both swine and poultry that have been fed contaminated products.”

    http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/.....01621.html
    …………………………..

    Gotta love THE DILUTION FACTOR!

    I have not eaten store bought pork, chicken, or turkey since then. Things were sooooo quiet from the beef industry that I stopped eating commercially-raised beef as well. I have a 1/2 cow coming to fill my freezer!

    Mooooooooo!

  13. Anonymous says:

    s”o we have the VET who admittedly can’t prepare nutritious meals for his PETS now heading up HUMAN food safety and applied NUTRITION?!”

    RICH!

  14. Anonymous says:

    purringfur:
    On Beef:
    There was another vCJD diagnosis within the last few weeks (link has mysteriously vanished from BBC!) with commentary that the long term effects of prions may not be so long term after all. here’s another:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_.....040658.stm

    On Pork:
    MRSA MRSA

  15. Anonymous says:

    Also in last 2 wks news: FDA set to approve cloned meats. Yummie!

  16. Anonymous says:

    well no big mystery - these masterminds worked so well for the industry players in the pet arena, they now have experience.

    and a fan club here let’s not forget that

  17. Don Earl says:

    RE: “Also in last 2 wks news: FDA set to approve cloned meats. Yummie!”

    I can’t imagine why anyone would object to that. According to theory, they should be able to pick the best and healthiest animals and duplicate them exactly.

    I just wish they would do it with pets. That way when the FDA lets pet food companies murder our pets, we can sue the pet food companies for an exact replacement.


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