In his March 14, 2009 weekly address, President Obama announced appointments to the FDA and the creation of a new Food Safety Group. Dr. Margaret Hamburg was appointed as the Commissioner of the FDA and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein was appointed the Principal Deputy Commissioner. Dr. Hamburg has previously served as the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Commissioner of Health for the City of New York and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Sharfstein is the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore. During this address the President also announced the creation of a new Food Safety Working Group which will advise on how food safety laws can be updated and better enforced.

The text of the President's remarks is available at:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Weekly-Address-President-Barack-Obama-Announces-Key-FDA-Appointments-and-Tougher-Food-Safety-Measures/