Deputy Commissioner Taylor to leave FDA

By Daniel Enoch

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WASHINGTON, March 8, 2016 - Michael Taylor, who's been leading FDA's implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is leaving the agency as of June 1.

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FDA says Taylor, the deputy commissioner for Foods and Veterinary medicine, will be succeeded by Dr. Stephen Ostroff, who had been leading the agency on an interim basis until the recent confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf as FDA commissioner.

Taylor plans to continue working in the food safety arena, focusing on those settings where people lack regular access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food, FDA said in a news release.

A nationally recognized food safety expert, Taylor joined FDA in 2009. During his tenure, he not only worked on implanting FSMA, the most sweeping food safety reform in more than 70 years, he also has overseen the move to eliminate the use of certain antibiotics that can contribute to the development of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.

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Taylor has also served as administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and acting under secretary for food safety at USDA, where he spearheaded public health-oriented reform of FSIS, guided the development of new safety requirements for meat and poultry products, and addressed the hazard associated with E. coli O157:H7 in beef products.

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