FDA leaders say the agency is ‘focused on food’


FDA Commissioner Robert Califf opened Wednesday’s National Food Policy Conference with some sobering words.

“It’s all too obvious that we’re in the midst of backsliding in the progress that we’ve made for many years,” Califf said.

The average American’s life expectancy has gone down nearly three years since 2019 and is now 76.1 years, the lowest level since 1996, he said. Six in 10 people in this country have a chronic disease, and four in 10 have more than one.

Many factors contribute to these conditions, but unhealthy diets and poor nutrition play an outsized role, Califf said. Three-quarters of people in the U.S. don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables or dairy, he said, while a majority eat too much sugar, salt and saturated fat.

But this week, he said the nation is at an inflection point in food policy.

Last month, President Joe Biden hosted the first White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in more than 50 years. The administration released a detailed policy plan designed to end hunger in the nation by 2030, as well as reverse trends toward more diet-related diseases.

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Food Dive, 13-10-22
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