FDA commissioner Dr. Gottlieb announces Ostroff retiring from FDA; Walmart’s Yiannas to Step in

In a surprise move, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Thursday (Oct. 18) that Stephen Ostroff FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine will retire in January 2019, as FDA’s top food safety official. Frank Yiannas (currently VP for food safety at and Walmart) will Step in. The FDA deputy commissioner position is being eliminated. Yiannas will go into the agency under the title Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response. Yiannas will report directly to the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. “He’ll head the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine,” Gottlieb said in a statement today. “Dr. Ostroff was instrumental in recruiting Mr. Yiannas to the Agency. Dr. Ostroff will remain at the FDA until January as a senior advisor to me, and will help Mr. Yiannas transition into his new role.” He also said “We face a lot of new threats, and Frank has a lot of experience in deploying novel technologies to thwart emerging risks,” Gottlieb said. “I’m confident he’ll help us continue to modernize our approach to food safety.” @ https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2018/10/bulletin-ostroff-retiring-from-fda-walmarts-yiannas-moving-to-agency/" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2018/10/bulletin-ostroff-retiring-from-fda-walmarts-yiannas-moving-to-agency/
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In a letter to staff, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food and Veterinary Medicine Dr. Stephen Ostroff announced he will be retiring in January 2019. Frank Yia

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