Sundlof named as new director of CFSAN

January 7, 2008

The U.S. Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Andrew Eschenbach, announced on Friday that Stephen F. Sundlof will move from director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) to director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

Sundlof succeeds Robert E. Brackett, who served as CFSAN Director beginning in June 2001, but recently assumed the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Science and Regulatory Affairs Officer at the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Sundlof served as the Director of CVM for over a decade, administering some matters related to food regulation. He oversaw the regulation of animal feed, including food additives, and drugs intended for animals, including animals from which human and pet foods are derived. He has a background in toxicology and extensive experience in food safety and protection, including service on numerous domestic and international committees on food safety. Sundlof provided significant input into the development of the FDA’s Food Protection Plan, issued in November 2007. He was also instrumental in preventing Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, or “mad cow disease”) from entering the U.S. feed system.

Bernadette Dunham, deputy director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine, succeeds Mr. Sundlof as division director.