DeLauro, Durbin Introduce Food Safety Administration Act

Two Democrats Wednesday Introduced the Food Safety Administration Act to establish the Food Safety Administration. The administration would be a single food safety agency responsible for keeping the food safe for market. Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro introduced the legislation with Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. The Food Safety Administration Act would establish the Food Safety Administration under the Department of Health and Human Services by incorporating the existing food programs within the Food and Drug Administration into a separate agency: the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Center for Veterinary Medicine, and the Office of Regulatory Affairs. Representative DeLauro says, “Look no further than the recent infant formula crisis to understand the need to create a single food safety agency, led by a food policy expert, to ensure the safety of products that go to market.” The legislation is endorsed by the Center for Food Safety, Consumer Reports, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth and others.