On Monday, President Bush announced that he will nominate Lester Crawford, DVM, Ph.D., to serve as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is currently serving as acting commissioner.
"Dr. Crawford has had broad experience in animal agriculture and government," stated Paul Rodgers, American Sheep Industry Association Deputy Director. "Crawford has been involved with the livestock and food animal business as well as with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for many years. He knows the industry and understands the challenges and opportunities of food production and marketing."
Crawford is a veterinarian and food-policy expert with a doctorate in pharmacology. He previously served as the administrator of USDA?s Food Safety and Inspection Service and deputy commissioner of FDA.
Crawford?s nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.