Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro released the following statement today on two proposed food safety rules released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The rules were required by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, which was signed into law two years ago today.
"I am encouraged that the produce safety and preventive controls rules have finally been issued. No one should have to worry that their food will make them or their loved ones sick. I look forward to engaging with the FDA to make sure that both of these rules are strong, comprehensive, and enacted as quickly as possible. And I will continue to press my colleagues to ensure the FDA has necessary funding to ensure the safety of our food.
"Despite today's step forward, I am disappointed that only two of the long overdue rules have been released and will continue to advocate for robust, timely implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Two years is far too long to wait for just two rules to be proposed. Nothing less than the lives and health of Americans is at stake; we must do better."
DeLauro is a senior member of the subcommittee responsible for funding the FDA and a longtime champion for food safety. She was one of the leaders responsible for passing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and continues to advocate for strong food safety rules.