The Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost for the FDA’s Gottlieb


For Scott Gottlieb, head of the Food and Drug Administration, the chickens have come home to roost. But not in an ominous way.

Chickens are literally roosting in Gottlieb’s backyard.

Last week, the Food and Drug Law Institute held its annual conference where the big wigs of the food and drug industries meet, greet, and talk shop. Gottlieb helped kick off the event as its keynote speaker.

When Jeffrey Gibbs, a lawyer and a member of FDLI’s executive board, took the stage to introduce Gottlieb, I fully expected him to list off the agency head’s various accomplishments, which he did.

What I didn’t expect was a reference to the local food movement, of which Gibbs says Gottlieb is a “firm believer.”

“He keeps a number of egg-laying hens in his yard,” Gibbs said.

Gottlieb has joked about being on the cover of Backyard Poultry Magazine. It turns out, Backyard Poultry is a real magazine, but Gottlieb’s cover debut was not.

Gibbs comments leave me with so many other questions though. Do the hens have names? Is Gottlieb’s alarm clock actually a rooster? Can we FOIA for Backyard Poultry’s subscription list?

I’m not sure, but if you ask me, these are the real issues we should all be focused on. Stay tuned, readers.

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