WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Barack ObamaAnnounces Key FDA Appointments and TougherFood Safety Measures
WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Barack Obamaannounced the appointments of Dr. Margaret Hamburg asCommissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein as the Principal Deputy Commissioner, as wellas the creation of a new Food Safety Working Group. This FoodSafety Working Group will be chaired by the Secretaries of Healthand Human Services and the Department of Agriculture and it willcoordinate with other agencies and senior officials to advise thePresident on improving coordination throughout the government,examining and upgrading food safety laws, and enforcing lawsthat will keep the American people safe.In addition, the President also announced two other measures toprotect the American people. The Department of Agriculture willclose a loophole to prevent diseased cows from entering the foodsupply. And, the government will invest in the FDA tosubstantially increase the number of food inspectors andmodernize food safety labs.
President Obama announced his appointments of thefollowing individuals today:Margaret "Peggy" Hamburg
Dr. Hamburg is a nationally and internationally recognized leaderin public health and medicine, and an authority on global health,public health systems, infectious disease, bioterrorism andemergency preparedness. She served as the Nuclear ThreatInitiative's founding Vice President for the Biological Program.Before joining NTI, she was the Assistant Secretary for Planningand Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Prior to this, she served for six years as the Commissioner of Health for the City of New York and as the Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the