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FDA commissioner heads to India

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FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. will be spending a little more than a week visiting the Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Cochin where she will attend the World Spice Congress which runs from February 16-19. She will also visit a seafood processing facility and a spices facility.in an effort to strengthen efforts between our two countries in regulating food and drug production and exports.

A former commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene during the 1990’s,. Hamburg is the 21st commissioner of food and drugs, and only the second woman to be nominated for this position, she is an experienced medical doctor, scientist, and public health executive. She is deeply devoted to empowering policies and programs that enable the agency to carry out its mission to protect and promote the public health.

“A strong FDA is an agency that the American public can count on,” she stated.

During her trip Commissioner Hamburg will engage in meetings with Indian industry leaders to discuss the importance of maintaining high-quality standards in producing goods to ensure consumers have access to safe products.

“The cooperation of United States and Indian food and drug officials is wide ranging, from sharing information on the conduct of clinical trials to jointly addressing product safety issues that may have an impact on both American and Indian consumers,” she stated. India is presently the 2nd largest exporter of “finished” drug products and 8th biggest largest exporter of food products to the United States.

“The FDA’s ongoing engagement with our regulatory counterparts in India is critical to our ability to effectively promote the health and safety of American and Indian consumers,” said Commissioner Hamburg. “I look forward to enhancing our existing relationship and identifying additional opportunities for collaboration.”

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