March 2, 2023

Western Growers SVP of Science De Ann Davis Responds to FDA Update on Reform Efforts

As the process of updating operational processes within the FDA continues to unfold, the agency released an update on the progress made, noting that a search for a new Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods is underway.

“I’m looking forward to starting the interview process and making a selection for this important position as soon as possible,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf.

Critical concerns remain, however, about the FDA’s decision to continue to utilize a matrix structure of leadership within the Human Foods Program. In December, the Reagan-Udall Foundation panel of experts provided thorough and sound guidance on the necessary regulatory structure to support an effective, efficient, transparent and collaborative FDA with a direct line of reporting. These recommendations are rooted in the objective to strengthen the FDA Human Foods Program and benefit the health of the public.

Western Growers SVP of Science De Ann Davis said: “The fresh produce supply chain needs a strong and engaged FDA to support our nation’s growers and their commitment to continuous improvement of safety, affordability and accessibility of these highly nutritious foods.”

Read the Reagan-Udall Foundation recommendations here and the FDA’s most recent announcement here.


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