National Fisheries Institute Statement on the Confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf as FDA’s new Commissioner

WASHINGTON, DC – February 15, 2022— The National Fisheries Institute welcomes Dr. Robert Califf as the Food and Drug Administration’s new Commissioner.

Many parts of the seafood value chain have been impacted by the pandemic and associated lockdowns over the course of two years. During that time the FDA has been rightly focused on various scientific aspects of protecting public health and we salute the agency for its work.  

We ask Dr. Califf to quickly focus FDA’s food safety resources on challenges that are important to the seafood community. Prompt action on things like proper labeling, standards of identity and economic integrity are of critical significance. A lack of attention to these priorities undermines the importance of  FDA’s vital food focus.

We look forward to working with Dr. Califf.

John Connelly


For more than 75 years, NFI has been the leading trade association for the seafood industry whose members represent all aspects of the value chain from water to the table. For more information, visit our Web site at

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