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Hamburg confirmed as head of FDA

May 21, 2009 by  

Hamburg confirmed as head of FDA The Senate has confirmed Margaret Hamburg to lead the Food and Drug Administration, as the agency finds itself in a crisis on account of recent outbreaks of foodborne illness and drug recalls which prompted accusations of a lack of oversight.

According to the Associated Press, the 53-year-old bioterrorism expert and former assistant health secretary under President Clinton has said the development of a vaccine for the swine flu will be her priority, followed by an overhaul of the food safety system.

The latter will mean a shift from "chasing outbreaks after they have broken out" to preventing them from occurring in the first place.

When the FDA nominations were announced earlier this year, they faced a barrage of criticism from many quarters.

Among the most vocal critics of Hamburg’s nomination was the Catholic League whose president Bill Donohue has denounced her opposition to sex education that stresses abstinence over safe sex.

Meanwhile, the nomination of Joshua Sharfstein as deputy chief of the FDA has invoked bad memories among food, pharmaceutical and medical device groups.

Sharfstein worked under Representative Henry Waxman of California who has been known to be tough on drug companies, including cracking down on medication use for illnesses not approved by the FDA and criticizing pharmaceutical companies for gifts handed out to physicians.

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  • http://HamburgconfirmedfoFoodandDrug susan Tenofsky

    Just Food for thought..a while back, when I work for Meat receptionist…
    USDA inspector slide fingers across his thumb and said, “We don’t really check meat,
    just bribes.” I wonder if Hamburg is in charge of same crew. Company investigated later….not for that reason though! USDA doesn’t mean much to me when I eat steak.
    Susan Tenofsky



  • Dee Jay

    Geeze, it seems no one can be trusted? What a world “we” have created for ourselves. I sure am getting a lot of bubbles busted.

  • Katherine Tomsich

    Yet another wrong-headed leader of the FDA. Creating a vaccine is her top priority? Nonsense! Just watch the new push to lose our rights to herbs and other supplements. Which drug company does SHE owe her allegiance, really? Cracking down on non- FDA approved use? Stupid! That’s the only way we learn how to apply these controlled poisons! Another pusher to lead this corrupt gov’t agency.

    • Pen

      Katherine, start growing your own herbs and get the FoxFire Books (Amazon). I don’t know what part of the country that you live in, but I live in Texas and because of our mostly mild winters I leave my Rosemary out year round, it loves cooler weather more than hot and it did live through the snows that we had last year.

  • s c

    Why not look at this woman the same way you would a Supreme Court nominee? Is this individual bought-and-paid for? Does this individual have a backbone? Can this individual make independent decisions? Will Americans be protected, or will big government and social engineering be protected? If this woman comes with a documented history of “making no waves,” then we know what will happen – again. Give us someone with INTEGRITY. Give us a LEADER. Give us someone who will protect Americans. Give us what
    Washington fears most – an independent leader who will tell politicians to shove it.

  • Mirko

    strong textFDA – in this country sucks, we are eating poisoned food in this country for shure. You read lebel on 90% items and see how much is in every single item – corn sirup ( which is known as poisn,10 time sweeter then sugar ) + sugar + frucktrose, ( acording to Dr. OZ make you urge to eat more ) glutamine and same other chemicals that very fuw people know wht it is. Food inspection is nathing bat All Capone tipe mafoisy, they are giving restorants “A” as very safe and clean and you and up sick with stomack problems later.
    This is why Americans are overwight eating simple plaine garbage food. Thanks God my family eate home made food and we don’t have any problems health wise.

  • ASIA

    Well its up to us now to eat organic or farm grown foods..obviously the gov’t is not on our side – they feed us this POISON to make us sick so we can go to the dr and be prescribed medications..drug companies get richer…maybe population control? think about it. Look up the top preservatives put in our foods and thier side effects…..

    • Pen

      Asia, you can get your seeds from Please got to their website and check it out. The world’s elite know that they can’t control all of us as we are too many, but they plan to get to us through our food and vaccines. Please check out the above sites, it is very helpful for more than just seeds to grow our own food, they also tell you on each pkg. of seeds how to harvest seeds for the next years crops. Hope this helps.

  • s c

    Today, it was reported by the AP that after 10 years and 2.5 billion dollars spent, alternative medicine has produced no cures. Most people will see this blurb and assume that ‘medical science’ has spoken. Some people will look into it, and see that once again, useless idiots and unconscionable yellow journalists of the pimping media have botched another story. Over the past 40 years (minimum), HOW MANY CURES HAVE DRUG FIRMS OR THE AMA OR THE FDA PRODUCED? People,
    see these concrete-brained twits for who and what they are. Science doesn’t count. It’s MONEY that talks – and Congress and the White House listen. WHY is that so hard to comprehend?


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