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Newly introduced legislation in Congress would take primary responsibility for food safety away from the FDA.
The Food Safety Administration Act was introduced by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). It would create a new agency, under the Department of Health and Human Services, that would perform the functions of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Center for Veterinary Medicine, and the Office of Regulatory Affairs.
In a press release announcing the legislation, Durbin and DeRosa made it clear that they were motivated by reports of dysfunction at the FDA’s food-safety operations. The agency has come under criticism since an investigative piece at Politico revealed that unclear lines of command and other factors have led to virtual paralysis of the agency’s food-safety function.