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Administration Proposes Creating Federal Food Safety Agency

Monday, June 25, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Trump Administration proposed consolidating federal food safety functions within a single agency housed in USDA. The proposed Federal Food Safety Agency would merge the Food Safety and Inspection Service with the food safety functions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Administration says the reorganization would “reduce duplication of inspection at some food processing facilities and improve outreach to consumers and industry while ensuring robust and coordinated food safety oversight.”

The Administration’s plan also proposes to move the food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), from USDA to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Under the proposal, HHS would be renamed the Department of Health and Public Welfare, and a new Council on Public Assistance (Council) would oversee SNAP. The Council would be granted power to impose uniform work requirements on program recipients.

The reorganization plan, however, faces tough odds in Congress, where it is unlikely to win approval.

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