DeLauro bill to split agency duties
The bill would “establish a farm-to-fork system for protecting foods that are currently regulated by FDA, which has jurisdiction over 80% of the food supply,” she said in a statement. The congresswoman, who has been a vocal critic of the agency for years, says the new agency would have oversight over fruits, vegetables and processed foods. Her bill would require food producers to adhere to federal standards for preventing contaminants in food, and permit the new agency to order food recalls and seize unsafe products, and conduct safety inspections.
“I think this peanut butter crisis may be—it remains to be seen—the straw that broke the camel's back,” DeLauro said. Her bill would tackle what she described as “the dysfunctional nature of the FDA.”
She conceded that “FDA does need more resources,” but asserted that “those resources will yield very few improvements to a broken system unless there is a parallel commitment to better management.”