I don’t generally reproduce press releases but I can hardly improve on this one.
[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today introduced the Safe Food Act of 2015,, which would create a single, independent food safety agency. Currently food safety oversight is split up among 15 different agencies, resulting in a patchwork where no single voice guides industry, retailers and consumers. Durbin and DeLauro introduced similar legislation in 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2007.
Let’s give them credit for persistence in the face of adversity.
The Safe Food Act would:
- Transfer and consolidate food safety authorities for inspections, enforcement and labeling into a single food safety agency
- Provide authority to require the recall of unsafe food
- Require risk assessments and preventive control plans to reduce adulteration
- Authorize enforcement actions to strengthen contaminant performance standards
- Improve foreign food import inspections
- Require full food traceability to better identify sources of outbreaks
The Government Accountability Office has been pressing for a single food agency for decades, mainly because food safety authority is largely split between FDA and USDA in ways that make no sense at all.
It’s terrific that DeLauro and Durbin are taking the matter up again and writing op-eds to encourage support.
They deserve all the support they can get!