Farewell to FDA’s Margaret Hamburg
With the news from FDA that Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg will step down at the end of March, the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement would like to thank her for her service to the public. We’ve had the opportunity to interact with Margaret Hamburg on several occasions, including a visit she made in 2010 to tour California leafy greens farms and learn about the unique food safety program that is the LGMA. That visit was just one example of the level of interest and time she has devoted to ensuring the safety of our food through the effective implementation of new food safety laws under FSMA, which is just one of the many achievements during her six-year tenure as FDA Commissioner.
On behalf of leafy greens farmers from California, we appreciate Hamburg’s efforts to thoroughly understand our programs and the benefits we can provide to the FDA. Hamburg’s recognition of this was voiced during a Congressional hearing last year in which she called the LGMA “foundational to the thinking about how best to approach produce and preventative controls.”
We are confident the tremendous amount of research and effort Hamburg invested in learning about existing food safety programs available through industries like ours has been passed on to others throughout the agency who have worked alongside her. Through them her work will continue. We thank Margaret for that and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.
Pictured in the featured image are members of the California and Arizona LGMA on a visit to Washington D.C. in May of 2013.
Left to Right:
Scott Horsfall, California LGMA
Tom Mack, Dole Fresh Vegetables
Victor Tognazzini, Gold Coast Packing
Arnott Duncan, Duncan Family Farms
Margaret Hamburg, FDA
Ron Ratto, Ratto Bros Inc.
Michael Taylor, FDA