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US SENATORS PROPOSE A SINGLE FOOD AGENCY

Three senators introduced bills, proposing to create just one US single food agency completely independent from any federal departments. At the moment there are 15 different agencies from three departments which task is to oversight. 

It’s not a new project President Obama proposed the “consolidation of the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety components into a new agency within the Department of Health and Human Services”.

The senators stated the urge this transformation, because as the Government Accountability Office (GAO) also reported the system is inefficient and many federal oversight of food safety have been made.

For those reasons, GAO researched food agencies over the world, trying to improve the effectiveness. The common challenges faced from every country with this transformation are the costs and a temporary reduction in the quantity of food safety activities performed. Adjusting to a new reality can also create challenges to the employees, trying to work in a new system.

The lawmakers are asking for different options: underlining the costa and benefits of each one for domestic options. Already in 1999, GAO’s director of food and agriculture described the urgent need of a single agency.

 

The gLAWcal Team

POREEN project

Monday, 29 June 2015

(Source: Food safety news)

 

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin (Italy) which is beneficiary of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental iNdustries” - POREEN, Work-package 4.