Thursday, July 16, 2009

Monsanto’s man Taylor returns to FDA in food-czar role

frankenfoodsby Tom Philpott

In a Tuesday afternoon press release, the FDA announced that Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto executive, had joined the agency as “senior advisor to the commissioner.” If the title is vague, the portfolio (pasted from the press release) is substantial—a kind of food czar of the Food and Drug Administration:

  • Assess current food program challenges and opportunities
    • Identify capacity needs and regulatory priorities
    • Develop plans for allocating fiscal year 2010 resources
    • Develop the FDA’s budget request for fiscal year 2011
    • Plan implementation of new food safety legislation

Taylor’s new position isn’t his first in government. He’s a veteran apparatchik who has made an art of the role-swapping dance between the food industry and the agencies that regulate it. (The FDA’s press release highlights his government service while delicately omitting his Monsanto daliances.)

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  1. Gee what happened to that promise by Obama that there would be no revolving door between business and govt and back again? Yea, yea, I know...

  2. ... there is no government !