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Trump’s budget — Does FDA get a 9% increase or 31% cut?

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This was originally published May 26, 2017, on the website of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA. The alliance is committed to an ongoing, multi-year effort with two specific goals — to assure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sufficient resources to protect patients and consumers, and to maintain public confidence and trust in… Continue Reading

New leadership at USDA, FDA might increase outside meetings

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Poultry, antibiotics, Ionophores and activities with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency were among the subjects of April meetings between Al Almanza, administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and people outside the federal government. Almanza’s public calendar for April included five meetings, four before Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was confirmed by the… Continue Reading

USDA championed new policies in 2016 to reduce food waste

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This essay is a 2017 runner up for the “Publisher’s Award” and was written as part of a food safety litigation class at the University of Arkansas Law School taught by Bill Marler and Denis Stearns of the Seattle law firm MarlerClark LLP. Food waste is sickening. The amount of safe and nutritious food… Continue Reading

Menu labeling might lose congressional backing before it starts

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If the mood at one of the final sessions of last week’s Food Safety Summit near Chicago said anything, it said federal menu labeling might be “A Bridge Too Far.” Panelists acknowledged they thought about canceling the session after the Food and Drug Administration opted to again delay enforcement of the regulations, this time for… Continue Reading

Senate confirms Scott Gottlieb as FDA commissioner

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Scott Gottlieb was confirmed Tuesday by the Senate as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with a vote of 57-42. He assumes command of an FDA charged with overseeing the $2.4 trillion pharmaceutical, food, medical device, veterinary products and tobacco industries. Gottlieb last served at FDA during the George W. Bush administration when he was FDA… Continue Reading

Senate confirms 31st Secretary of Agriculture: Sonny Perdue

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue is president-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of agriculture.

Sonny Perdue today is the 31st Secretary of Agriculture, having won confirmation by the U.S. Senate in an 87-to-11 vote on Monday. The former governor of Georgia succeeds Tom Vilsack, who led the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the past eight years and who endorsed Perdue as his successor once the former Georgia governor was… Continue Reading

Senate fiddles as rural America burns waiting for ag secretary

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue is president-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of agriculture.

Sonny Perdue will be confirmed as the nation’s 31st Secretary of Agriculture. It’s just a matter of whether it will occur before or after the U.S. Senate goes on vacation. Ahead of their recess, the Senate is obsessed with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s fate and time seems to be slipping away for also getting… Continue Reading

States need $100M more for Food Safety Modernization Act

ANALYSIS

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President Trump may have proposed a “skinny budget” for most domestic spending, including food and agricultural program for the next fiscal year, but nobody is taking it seriously. Congress always reacts to presidential budgets with the same three words: “Dead on Arrival.” For more serious guide posts, it’s always better to look at what the serious… Continue Reading

Near confirmation, Perdue says no to Brazilian beef embargo

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Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue thinks it would be an over-reaction for USDA to embargo Brazilian beef because of that country’s federal investigation of meat inspectors being bribed to overlook standards for exported meat. Perdue responded to questioning by Sen. John Thune, R-SD, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, which lasted… Continue Reading

Sonny Perdue set to face Senate ag committee Thursday

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Secretary of Agriculture-designate Sonny Perdue will finally get his hearing tomorrow before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. President Trump nominated the former Georgia governor to serve as America’s 31st Secretary of Agriculture nine weeks ago. It is not clear why there’s been such a delay in getting the Committee hearing scheduled. The Senate… Continue Reading