Dr. Scott Gottlieb nominated to lead the FDA

by Keith Nunes
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Scott Gottlieb
The nominee served as deputy commissioner of the agency under President George W. Bush.
 
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — U.S. President Donald J. Trump has nominated Dr. Scott Gottlieb to be the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Gottlieb will now begin the process of being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

 

“We are pleased to see President Trump has nominated an individual as FDA commissioner,” said Richard Sellers, senior vice-president, public policy, and education for the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA).  “It's our hope the White House will move the nomination to the Senate quickly, and the Senate will expedite the confirmation process. With pending issues related to the Food Safety Modernization Act, ingredient approval process and Veterinary Feed Directive, AFIA looks forward to meeting with the commissioner to address these concerns.”

The nominee is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He has also served as the deputy commissioner of the FDA under President George W. Bush, and held other roles at the agency.

“Scott Gottlieb is an excellent choice to lead FDA,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Grocery Manufacturers Institute. “His experience as FDA deputy commissioner and in other key FDA positions will enable him to quickly step into this important role after his confirmation.

“His appointment will be good for American consumers, the safety of their food and the role of continuous innovation. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and its member companies are committed to working with the Trump Administration and Scott Gottlieb to help assure the safety of our food supply, strong science-based nutrition policies, and the integrity and effectiveness of food labeling policies.”

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