FDA creates new senior-level food-safety post

WASHINGTON The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created an assistant-commissioner-level post to promote food safety and security and filled it with Dr. David Acheson, a key figure in past food-borne illness outbreaks involving restaurants.

In his new role as assistant commissioner for food protection, Acheson will "provide advice and counsel" to FDA commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach on "strategic and substantive food safety and food defense matters," the

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