Bush Creates Food Protection Job

UPDATE: The creation of the new position is now attributed to the Bush administration.

Details are not clear about how this new position will be funded or how the agency will change, but someone has been tasked with the job of protecting our food supply at the FDA. An internal FDA director was promoted to this position.

Currently, Dr. Acheson serves as chief medical officer and director of the Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

In his new role, Dr. Acheson will work with individual FDA product centers, as well as the Office of Regulatory Affairs to coordinate FDA’s food safety and defense assignments and commitments.

In addition, Dr. Acheson will serve as the commissioner’s direct liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services, of which FDA is a part, and to other U.S. departments and agencies on food safety and food defense related inter-agency initiatives.

Full release after the jump.

FDA Commissioner Announces New Food Protection Position

Commissioner of Food and Drugs Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach today announced the creation of the position of Assistant Commissioner for Food Protection to provide advice and counsel to the Commissioner on strategic and substantive food safety and food defense matters.

David Acheson, M.D., F.R.C.P. will be assigned to this new senior leadership role.

Currently, Dr. Acheson serves as chief medical officer and director of the Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

In his new role, Dr. Acheson will work with individual FDA product centers, as well as the Office of Regulatory Affairs to coordinate FDA’s food safety and defense assignments and commitments.

In addition, Dr. Acheson will serve as the commissioner’s direct liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services, of which FDA is a part, and to other U.S. departments and agencies on food safety and food defense related inter-agency initiatives.

“The protection of America’s food supply and therefore the safety of Americans eating food of domestic or international origin is of utmost importance to me as a physician, and to the mission of this agency,” Dr. von Eschenbach said. “We’ve seen a rapid transformation of the food safety system due to advances in production technology, rapid methods of distribution, and the globalization of food sources. Dr. Acheson’s wealth of experience, and knowledge of the science behind food protection, will help the agency keep pace with this transformation in order to ensure that the safety and nutritional value of our food supply is second to none.”

One of Dr. Acheson’s first projects will be the development of an agency-wide, visionary strategy for food safety and defense. The strategy will identify and characterize changes in the global food safety and defense system, and identify current and future challenges and opportunities. It will also name potential barriers, gaps, and most critical needs in a food safety and defense system. The strategy will serve as the framework in helping the agency prioritize and address food safety and defense challenges.

As a CFSAN office director, Dr. Acheson currently has had the lead for emergency response, as well as outreach and communications to industry, state and consumers on issues pertaining to the center. He manages a staff of epidemiologists, biostatisticians and others in providing risk assessments, aid in epidemiological investigations of foodborne outbreaks, and other important center-wide functions.

Before joining the agency, Dr. Acheson held several research and academic positions. He has served as an associate professor at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore, where he focused on research of foodborne pathogens and, prior to that, as an associate professor at Tufts University in Boston, where he undertook basic molecular pathogenesis research on foodborne pathogens.

Dr. Acheson is a graduate of the University of London Medical School in the United Kingdom, with training in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He has published extensively and is internationally recognized both for his public health expertise in food safety and his research in infectious diseases. Additionally, Dr. Acheson is a fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Dr. Acheson will begin this new assignment immediately. He will report to Dr. Murray Lumpkin, Deputy Commissioner for International and Special Programs.

43 Responses to “Bush Creates Food Protection Job”

  1. ally says:

    I hope this guy has a vat of kitty valium on hand.
    With those shoes to fill, he’s gonna need it.

  2. Racerx says:

    Anyone who trusts the Bush administration to protect them from greedy corporations is delusional. This PR stunt will be negated by underfunding, by putting industry flaks in charge of it, or by refusal to prosecute infractions.

  3. Debbie4747 says:

    Don’t want this to sound as a racial rant; it’s not….but didn’t Bush want to put some Arab country in charge of our ports a while back? Even if the country itself is on the up and up, wouldn’t it be so much easier for Al Queda to worm their way into it somehow. I had cause for concern because I live in a very close proximity with the Elizabeth and New York ports. And now one of his cronies that was in charge of putting the kabosh on sex rings or something of that sort has been caught using some fancy escort service. Does it ever end with this guy?

  4. kellkell says:

    Don’t mean to rain on anyones parade but this has been going on for at least 15 years, (likely more) so this isn’t a Bush Era issue. The government has done little to protect us no matter that they be Republican or Democrat and if you think a change in party is going to help, well there are no words.
    We need the government to be held accountable, all parties all of the politicians.

  5. Colin says:

    I suspect this position was created for PR. Now this stuff is finally hitting the mainstream media Bush can say “well I created this… blah blah blah”. Its all BS.

    This administration will go down in history as the worst the US has ever had to bare. They do not care about the average citizen let alone our pets.

    I so wanna rant, but had better not to keep things somewhat clean on here.

  6. Cynthia says:

    I agree…Blah, Blah, Blah. Yeah sure, Bush and all his old cronies are coming to the rescue. It only took them almost 2 months to recognize that there is a real problem here. It makes me sick.

  7. Gary says:

    Again, another deceptive lie. He actually wants much greater importation. It’s just like the border fence he said to erect, knowing it will never get fully funded.

    Liar.

  8. pat says:

    no need to worry about terrorists inflitrating the food supply, because u.s. corporations will see to it that we ingest the appropriate amount of poisons. why should al queda waste their energy on it?

  9. Chris says:

    “Currently, Dr. Acheson serves as chief medical officer and director of the Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).”
    Apparently Dr. Acheson has served in this position since Sept/02
    Check out what CFSAN is supposed to be doing - see the following link
    http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/
    You’re right Colin - but PR doesn’t begin to describe it.

  10. Debbie4747 says:

    I can’t find the article that the Star Ledger put out today, but

    http://www.japantoday.com/jp/news/404611

    talks about Bush and China discussing amending the time frame for the global warming agreement for 2012.

    My guess is they will want to take all that wheat gluten melamine scrap that can’t go into our foods anymore, put it in a rocket, send it off for the hole in the ozone and use it as a filler. Problem solved. Good work boys!

  11. ally says:

    pat Says:
    May 1st, 2007 at 3:05 pm
    “no need to worry about terrorists….”

    ……………….

    Yeah but I have a feeling they sure as heck are taking copious notes for the future.
    Scary to even contemplate, innit?

  12. E. Hamilton says:

    Well, the terrorists better get their game face on because they have a BIG job ahead of them if they want to scare me anywhere NEAR as bad as my own government has been doing.

    I know my vote does not count the way the electoral college is set up, I KNOW that. I STILL register and vote. I know that I am just a cog in the wheel to pay and suffer and die if my country says I must, so I pay my taxes and obey rules that just don’t seem to apply to the friends of the “big boys”.
    I do it because I STILL love my country. Even though it does not love me back.
    I am so stupid in love with my country that I have jury duty next week and am NOT tying to get out of it because I try to be a good citizen and all.
    Is it too much to ask that a good citizen gets a little respect?
    Seems so, seems so.

  13. ally says:

    E. - I hear ya but can you imagine if the two were happening in concert at the same time?
    For me that is beyond terrifying. I’m not saying they’d be in bed with one another - just scared out of my wits at the result if both our own inept FDA, et al, was battling an additional terrorist attempt of their own.

  14. Traci says:

    “Well, the terrorists better get their game face on because they have a BIG job ahead of them if they want to scare me anywhere NEAR as bad as my own government has been doing.”

    Bush has done such a wonderful job with “Homeland Security.” He has proven time and time again he is competent in handling national emergencies. All my food fears are now gone. I think he should work on a plan for the potential West Coast mega-quake next.

    ::SNARK::

  15. Debbie4747 says:

    Off the topic a bit, but does anyone know what’s going on or should I say not going on with howl911? They haven’t updated for a few days now.

  16. Carol says:

    I don’t understand how anyone right now working at the FDA can be promoted to this new position—the FDA is a very big part of the problem isn’t it?

  17. YaYa says:

    ITCHMO ADMINSTRATION! ABC NEWS COVERED THE STORY!!!

    Under their “A coser Look” section tonite ABC News told about the New FDA “Protection” Zar Postion the many dead and sick Pets and what the Country faces with Imports Up 50% in just the last 4 years. Sorry I got EXTICTED And Hirried here! LOL

    It should be at http://www.go.abcnews.com

    Under World News Tonite w/Charles Gibson

  18. YaYa says:

    AND! FoxNews On “Special Report” had a 30 second “Funny” from David Letterman’s show {last night’s?}
    About Natural Balance it’s a ‘video” deal.

    I’m sorry folks to just Jump on here and all the Typo’s!

    YES! COVERAGE!

  19. Don't believe it says:

    Come on people, please convince me otherwise . . . .

    Lame responses from THIS Senator and THAT Senator; lame questions and answers from FDA . . . present and former commissioners . . . geez, I’m so fed up with all this bullshit! Why do you all still lament on all this crap? I’m convinced that nothing will be done no matter how much we bitch. The big commercial companies with the big bucks are going to keep this quiet or subdued. Right? I’m done trusting the pet food companies as well as my government.

  20. martin says:

    Colin,
    Go ahead and let-er rip. It wont bother me one bit. I agree with you totally!!!!!!

  21. martin says:

    I emailed Bush and Cheney last night and received the following. I emailed back telling them I feel much safer now & BTW, if ya all are at the ranch be sure not to BBQ any of that there chicken now. It might make ya-all sick.

    —– Original Message —-
    From: “vice_president@whitehouse.gov”
    Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 8:50:34 PM
    Subject:

    Thank you for e-mailing Vice President Cheney. Your comments,
    suggestions and concerns are important to him. Unfortunately,
    because of the large volume of e-mail received, the Vice
    President cannot personally respond to each message. However,
    members of the Vice President’s staff consider and report
    citizen ideas and concerns. Please visit the White House web
    site for the most up-to-date information on Presidential
    initiatives, current events, and topics of interest to you.

    Thank you again for taking the time to write.

  22. bw says:

    ya ya, I couldn’t reach either link, would have liked to see both. But I am glad they were on. I am happy there is more coverage, but am starting to be depressed about whether or not there is any hope for change. The government is such a cesspool. Tomorrow I will make more phone calls, and emails too. Thanks for telling us about the coverage.

  23. martin says:

    This should piss a few off. Did me.

    This article appears in the December 3, 2004 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
    CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS:
    Bush FDA Protects Profit
    Rather Than Health
    by Mary Jane Freeman

    http://www.larouchepub.com/oth.....ofits.html

  24. martin says:

    This article appears in the December 3, 2004 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
    CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS:
    Bush FDA Protects Profit
    Rather Than Health
    by Mary Jane Freeman
    http://www.larouchepub.com/oth.....ofits.html

  25. martin says:

    The Bush family’s ties to China go back to 1974, when President Nixon named George Bush ambassador to China. The college-age George W. Bush spent two months in China visiting his parents during his father’s two-year stint.
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/w.....t-bush.htm

  26. Patty says:

    Someone asked earlier what happened to howl911.com. I would like to know, too. The site hasn’t been updated since April 27.

  27. Sylvia says:

    Talk about timing! Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke just happened to give a speech today on “free” trade.
    http://www.federalreserve.gov/.....efault.htm
    He ends his speech with:
    “If we resist protectionism and isolationism while working to increase the skills and adaptability of our labor force, the forces of globalization and trade will continue to make our economy stronger and our citizens more prosperous.”
    I cannot relate that hollow statement to the suffering of our little pets and their owners. It this the prosperity he is talking about?
    I think the problem with the poisoned pet food stems the fact that the term “free trade” is a euphemism for a system that enables international scalawags and criminals to have free reign in enriching themselves at any cost to others.
    I hate the term “free trade” because only a sucker thinks that you get anything good for free. Con artists use the lure of getting something for nothing or nearly nothing to bait people all the time. There is obviously something wrong here in the U.S.A. that is allowing international trading activities to be so destructive and I am guessing that it is our lobbying system.
    Senator Patty Murray of Washington state is a major player in international trade issues as stated on her website:
    “Senator Murray is one of Washington’s most articulate voices on international trade. Since being elected to the U.S. Senate 12 years ago, she has championed Washington’s role as an international hub. Her services began with the Seattle APEC meetings, and important congressional votes on NAFTA and the World Trade Organization. Murray was a key backer of all of these initiatives. She voted for Fast Track, she supports easing unilateral trade sanctions, and she serves on the subcommittee which funds the Export-Import Bank and other export promotion agencies.”
    “Senator Murray was a leading proponent for normalizing the trade relationship between the United States and China. She supported granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status to China as well as China’s entry into the World Trade Organization.
    Please consider letting her know that we want fair and safe trade for all the world, not “free” trade. Her e-mail contact:
    http://murray.senate.gov/email/index.cfm

  28. Jules says:

    What I don’t understand is why everyone thinks that because these companies SAY that they USE only U.S. companies in their ingredients . . . why don’t you suspect that THOSE U.S. companies might be getting ingredients imported from China in the first place, but these companies may not know. Huh?

    ChemNutra is an American based company (yup, it’s an american company that Menu used) BUT, BUT, BUT, they freakin’ imported from China.

    Why do you all believe them if they say their products are US based?? My next question would be . . . “But how do I know YOUR suppliers didn’t get it from China?” Get it???

    Please tell me that!!!

  29. ~Martha~ says:

    Glad to see that many realize this is just more Bush PR appeasement…anyone remember his Katrina appointment and what a “good job Brownie” did?

  30. Christi says:

    I noticed GW and Laura made a video appearance on American Idol tonight. I was waiting for him to comment on the mess in his country, but then I realized there’s more than one mess so he probably couldn’t pick one.

  31. Cynthia says:

    We also should be very wary of all suppliments and additives in our food and in our pets food as well.

    From the ChemNutra web site… http://www.chemnutra.com/

    ChemNutra imports high-quality nutritional and pharmaceutical chemicals from China to the US. We purchase our inventory from quality-assured manufacturers in China; most of whom we have strong relationships over the past twelve years. Our US customers are manufacturers of food, pet food, and nutritional ingredients, who want high quality, the best service, and the most competitive prices.

    The ingredients we import include amino acids, preservatives, nutritional minerals, proteins, flavor enhancers, and sweeteners.

    The principals of ChemNutra have exported large quantities of feed and food ingredients from China to manufacturers in the US and elsewhere worldwide. Annually, our volume exceeds 4,000 tons of Amino Acids and other quality ingredients.

    They also started their own blog… http://www.sdsternpr.com/chemnutra/

  32. Cynthia says:

    We all need to be very wary of ll our suppliments and food additives that go into our food and our pet food.

    From the ChemNutra site…
    http://www.chemnutra.com/index.htm

    ChemNutra imports quality ingredients from China to the U.S. for the feed, food and pharma industries. We are a professionally managed, American owned company experienced in negotiating, securing and delivering ultra-competitive pricing on high-quality chemicals and ingredients from quality-assured manufacturers in China. We bridge the business and cultural gaps…including all regulatory, compliance, import and transportation requirements.

    We specialize in Taurine, L-Cysteine, Glycine, Vital Wheat Gluten, and Glucuronolactone, and we also handle many other ingredients.

    ChemNutra imports over 4,000 tons per year, and our customers include several Fortune 500 companies.

    They also, interestingly enough, started their own blog…
    http://www.sdsternpr.com/chemnutra/

  33. Cathy says:

    Christi Says:

    May 2nd, 2007 at 12:11 am
    I noticed GW and Laura made a video appearance on American Idol tonight. I was waiting for him to comment on the mess in his country, but then I realized there’s more than one mess so he probably couldn’t pick one.

    I saw that & was stupidly waiting for him to say something too. Of course there is more than one mess, it was that a$$ of a president on the video. ;)

  34. martin says:

    GW was on Live this morning from the White House. I was certain this Mr. President would finally be addressing the toxic food issue. He didn’t speak a word about it. He was there to tell us all that he will now open up FREE TRADE to Columbia, Peru & Panama. He assured us all that this is a great opportunity for these Countries. Great for the farmers, great for the people, great for employment.

    Oh, yes this is a great opportunity for the Columbian Drug Lords and Panama Red sales should be increasing drastically.

    How much more damage is he going to cause before his term is finally over. Is Cuba next on his list?

  35. 5CatMom says:

    From USA Today

    FDA: Feed no human threat

    “But David Acheson, FDA assistant commissioner for food protection, said there is little threat to human health because the proportion of melamine in the original pet food was less than 6%”

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/.....usat_N.htm

    IMHO, New bureaucrat - same old song and dance.

  36. pat says:

    how wonderful, we have another czar. everybody knows that when you have a thorny problem, a czar is just what you need to make everything right again.

  37. ~Martha~ says:

    Just curious about Czar David Acheson…
    Is he related to David C. Acheson the ‘Skull and Cross Bones’ Yale grad born in 1921?

  38. May says:

    While dealing with the melamine-poisoned crap we’ve been importing from China by the ton, we should be asking ourselves - how is it possible that highly processed grain products, shipped thousands of miles through many middlemen winds up “cheaper” than buying grains harvested simply by the organic farmer down the road?

    Just because the cost is hidden, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

    And just why do we need to buy grain-derived, plastic-adulterated crap from China when we grow wheat, corn, soy, and meats here in America?

    Check out this article in the New York Times by Michael Pollan about the link between obesity in the U.S. and our screwed up farm subsidies.

    “Doing so starts with the recognition that the “farm bill” is a misnomer; in truth, it is a food bill and so needs to be rewritten with the interests of eaters placed first. Yes, there are eaters who think it in their interest that food just be as cheap as possible, no matter how poor the quality. But there are many more who recognize the real cost of artificially cheap food — to their health, to the land, to the animals, to the public purse. At a minimum, these eaters want a bill that aligns agricultural policy with our public-health and environmental values, one with incentives to produce food cleanly, sustainably and humanely. Eaters want a bill that makes the most healthful calories in the supermarket competitive with the least healthful ones. Eaters want a bill that feeds schoolchildren fresh food from local farms rather than processed surplus commodities from far away. Enlightened eaters also recognize their dependence on farmers, which is why they would support a bill that guarantees the people who raise our food not subsidies but fair prices. Why? Because they prefer to live in a country that can still produce its own food and doesn’t hurt the world’s farmers by dumping its surplus crops on their markets.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04.....mp;ei=5070

  39. ~Martha~ says:

    http://tinyurl.com/2qtqw9

  40. Anna says:

    This is exactly like the 9/11 health czar who ended up shutting down ongoing lawsuits, and getting the courts to REFUSE TO ACCEPT ANYMORE lawsuits having to do with the contaminated air after 9/11, which sickened and killed police officers, firefighters, emergency rescue workers and local residents.

    You have the blueprint this one will use; I have the experience on how to take him out. The Class Action lawsuit must IMMEDIATELY be amended to INCLUDE HIM AND HIS OFFICE. The reason? Open Industry Secret means either (1) lack of due diligence on the part of the FDA (criminal negligence) or (2) collusion to prevent disclosure of the open secret (criminal racketeering). There is no (3)…

    Both (1) and (2) are legally determined after disclosure; such disclosure is now officially the mandate of this CZAR, so he is the one to include.

  41. Traci says:

    “pat Says:

    May 2nd, 2007 at 12:00 pm
    how wonderful, we have another czar. everybody knows that when you have a thorny problem, a czar is just what you need to make everything right again.”

    Yes indeed! Don’t you realize that’s why America no longer has any illegal drug abuse!?

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