The F.D.A. creates new food safety position

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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has named David Acheson, M.D., F.R.C.P., to a newly created position — assistant commissioner for food protection. The new role is designed to provide advice and counsel to the commissioner on strategic and substantive food safety and defense issues.

Dr. Acheson is currently the chief medical officer and director of the Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response at the F.D.A.’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

"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," said Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach, commissioner of food and drugs. "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."

Dr. Acheson will work with F.D.A. product centers and the Office of Regulatory Affairs to coordinate food safety and defense assignments and commitments. He also will be the commissioner’s liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services and other U.S. organizations on food safety and defense initiatives. A project he will begin work on is the development of an agency-wide strategy for food safety and defense, which will provide a framework to help the agency prioritize and address food safety and defense issues.

He begins work in this new capacity immediately.

Dr. Acheson graduated from the University of London Medical School and held research and academic positions before joining the F.D.A.

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