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More money for military defense means less for food defense

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This column includes information from an “Advocacy at a Glance” posting by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA and analysis and commentary by Steven Grossman, deputy executive director of the alliance, both republished here with permission. President Donald Trump is proposing shifting $54 billion from domestic to defense programs in fiscal year 2018,… Continue Reading

Trump’s well-done habits could bode well for food safety

Opinion

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump chowed down on a wide variety of foods for photo opportunities.

While it may appear safe to assume that President Trump will have no interest in these issues, determining his impact on the food safety agenda actually will require a nuanced effort. Notwithstanding the tweet complaining about the so-called “food police” and a leaked phone conversation about imposing stricter food safety standards for trade purposes, President… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: The president and safe food

Opinion

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reiSince taking office, President Trump has instituted a freeze on federal employees and the same on new or pending regulations.  He signed an Executive Order setting up a task force within agencies to repeal old rules. The President has also asked for a $54 billion increase in military spending that will likely be offset by… Continue Reading

Trump to name Georgia’s Sonny Perdue to run the USDA

Ag secretary responsibilities include food safety efforts for meat, poultry, catfish and eggs

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The next secretary of agriculture is expected to be former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. President-elect Donald J. Trump plans to announce the Perdue appointment Thursday, according to multiple media reports. As head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Perdue’s responsibilities would include overseeing the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is the food safety agency for meat,… Continue Reading

Letter from The Editor: Turning the Page

Opinion

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Every once in a while in the news business, a feeling comes through our once ink-filled veins. It does not reach everyone at the same time or place, but eventually we all say it: “I think we’ve turned a page.” That’s what I began feeling during the past week or so. Part of it is certainly due… Continue Reading

Leadership shake-up begins for all 15 federal food safety agencies

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The 15 federal agencies that together enforce at least 30 federal food safety laws are getting new leadership just as fast as President-elect Donald J. Trump can make his cabinet appointments from the long line of applicants showing  up at Trump Tower in New York City. And some  top job holders want to stay on…. Continue Reading