A few years ago, I was sitting in the regional office of a senior regulatory official with the FDA. At the time, I was the publisher of Food Chemical News, a regulatory information service that she and many other FDA and USDA officials subscribed to – and, I’m pretty sure, still do.
It wasn’t a sales call, exactly. About 1,000 miles from our home base in Washington, D.C., it was more one of those show-the-flag tours to solidify and, perhaps, expand our relationship with some of our biggest customers. So I asked her why she spent hundreds of dollars a year to subscribe.
“It’s the only way I can find out what’s really going on back at headquarters,” she said.
I was reminded of that conversation when I read media writer Howie Kurz’s recent column in the Washington Post on the