Statement of Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson on the Resignation of FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford

September 23, 2005

Despite various policy disagreements, we'll miss Dr. Crawford for his openness, and because he's really one of the only FDA commissioners who has had substantive experience with food safety. The agency has had so much turnover in the top spot, and turmoil throughout, that it could have benefitted from a period of steady leadership.

The country doesn't need a rudderless FDA when tens of thousands of Americans are dying unneccessarily from dangerous drugs and dangerous foods pumped full of trans fat and sodium. We hope the next commissioner is able to assert the agency's indpendence from the kinds of political and corporate pressures that have rendered the agency ineffective on many fronts.


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