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Mr. Don Kraemer

Wrong Don Kraemer?

Deputy Director of the Center for...

Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Ave WO Building 22, Room 4114
Silver Spring , Maryland 20993
United States

Company Description: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal agency responsible for ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome, and sanitary; human and veterinary drugs,...   more

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  • PhD
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While the food system has remained ..., 4 April 2014 [cached]
While the food system has remained relatively untouched, "we've certainly studied it since 9/11 to assess what the potential impacts might be," says Don Kraemer, deputy director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "And they can be catastrophic," he says.
"I am chagrinned," responded Don ..., 21 Mar 2014 [cached]
"I am chagrinned," responded Don Kraemer, a senior adviser to FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
"Shellfish are live animals and we completely didn't think about that…We were certainly thinking of animals on the hoof."
Kraemer suggested the agency would address the apparent oversight before it issues a final rule.
FDA officials fielded a slew of tough questions Thursday on their safe food transportation proposal, which was published Jan. 31 with a May 31 comment period deadline.
Kraemer stressed that FDA's new rule would apply only to transportation by road or rail within the United States, not ship or airplane, when pressed by Erik Lieberman, vice president and chief regulatory counsel for the Food Marketing Institute, and gave multiple hypothetical examples.
Kraemer said, however: "This is, from our perspective, the most challenging part of the rule.
From the Vault: FDA Official Calls Independent Research on Seafood Contamination “Junk Science†– But Government Agencies Use Same Methodology and Lab | Stuart H. Smith, 31 Oct 2012 [cached]
I take particular issue with recent comments from Don Kraemer, FDA's Deputy Director in the Office of Food Safety, that he and his agency are concerned about media reports that give credibility to what the FDA calls "junk science" and questionable lab tests. At a recent meeting with Louisiana seafood-industry leaders, Kraemer reportedly said: "We're working now to address independent reports that aren't scientifically sound. He, of course, did not mention any specific reports, but simply cast doubt on ALL independent research that exposes seafood contamination.
Marco Kaltofen, a civil engineer and a leading member of my research team, had this to say in response to Mr. Kraemer: "Our independent tests use the same laboratory and the same methodology as is used by response agencies and their contractors.
So in other words, Mr. Kraemer, if our research is "junk science" so is yours, because our methodology is the same, and we use the very same laboratory for testing.
Mr. Kraemer's comments are a poke in the eye to every independent researcher who is working tirelessly out in the field to reveal the truth about Gulf seafood.
Here's the seafood story in which Mr. Kraemer is quoted:
Traincan - News and Info, 25 Oct 2010 [cached]
Donald Kraemer, the FDA's acting deputy director for operations, told Nation's Restaurant News on Friday that the agency plans to add a provision requiring restaurants to employ certified food protection managers to a future edition of the federal "FDA Model Food Code. States, counties and cities are free to reject or adopt the Food Code in part or in its entirety. However, the FDA and industry groups like the NCCR are urging that those policies and guidelines be adopted nationwide.
Kraemer said the FDA has no timeline for adding a food protection manager provision to the Food Code, but he noted that the FDA would work to that end through normal channels involving the Conference for Food Protection, or CFP.
A public-private body, the CFP provides the FDA with input and recommendations and is made up of members of foodservice trade groups, the food industry, government, academia and consumer organizations. The group meets biennially and convenes next in 2012.
Kraemer said many questions need to be answered before establishing a Food Code policy requiring restaurants to employ food protection managers. Among them, he said, "How do you implement [such a policy] in 24-hour of operations, where you may not have critical functions happening at one time, but you may at another?"
"There are a lot of issues that need to be worked out and we don't pretend to have all the answers to how they best need to be worked out," Kraemer said.
Inside United Fresh, 1 Sept 2011 [cached]
Members of the United Fresh Food Safety Regulatory Oversight Committee, seeking more information about the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration's current thinking on the Preventive Controls for Produce Safety rule, met with Acting Deputy Director for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Don Kraemer and other FDA officials this week.
"While nothing is definite until the proposed rule is published, Mr. Kraemer was very open in discussing approaches that FDA is considering using for selecting commodities to be included and excluded in the rule, how food safety 'risk' might be gauged, and how importers will be held responsible for the food safety practices of their suppliers" said David Gombas, United's senior vice president for food safety and technology.
During the meeting, Kraemer noted that implementation of the rule, expected to be published as a proposed rule in early 2012, will be staggered by size of the operation.
Acting Deputy Director for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Don Kraemer provided insights into FDA's current thinking on several pending regulations that will affect the fresh produce industry from the field through packinghouse, fresh-cut and distribution operations.
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