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Trump wants a single federal food safety agency put under USDA

President Donald J. Trump wants to consolidate federal food safety under a single agency housed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. President Barack Obama also wanted to consolidate food safety, only he preferred housing it in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Food and Drug Administration. Obama failed because Congress… Continue Reading

State ag leaders put food safety on priority list for 2018 farm bill

Before it wrapped up its meetings this week in Washington D.C., the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) agreed to priorities for the 2018 farm bill. If that seems a little pre-mature, it’s not. Congressional leaders plan to get to work on the 2018 farm bill later this year. And food safety, specifically… Continue Reading

Storms and stability ahead for food safety efforts in 2017

Food safety in 2017 will be dependent on our “complicated bureaucracies” that exist to get through transitions and times of change. Both USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  are sure to be  taking many “business as usual” actions in January. Confucius taught the Ancient Chinese bureaucracies… Continue Reading

School Lunch ‘Shrinkage’ Aside, USDA Food and Nutrition Spending Will Grow in 2015

At least 1.6 million students who previously paid for their own lunches at National School Lunch Program cafeterias have dropped out because they don’t like the new menus or the associated price increases, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a new report. In that report, GAO documents some significant shrinkage in the school… Continue Reading

AMA, Mayors Say Food Stamps Should Not Buy Soft Drinks

This article has been updated to reflect additional information and include a post-publication interview with Edward Cooney, Executive Director of the Congressional Hunger Center. The American Medical Association, along with a coalition of 18 mayors, came out against the eligibility for sugary drinks to be purchased under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known… Continue Reading

Q&A with Author Marion Nestle on Food Politics, SNAP, and Food Safety

Best-selling food author Marion Nestle paid a quick visit to Food Safety News during a stop in Seattle to discuss food politics, the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), and food safety. Seattle readers may want to know that Nestle will be giving a talk and Q&A tonight (June 18) at… Continue Reading

Senate Agriculture Comittee Clears Farm Bill

A look at food safety provisions

The Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday marked up and approved a new farm bill 15-5. While this mega-legislation that sets farm policy for five years is mostly focused on nutrition programs like SNAP and commodity programs like crop insurance and conservation, there are a couple notable food safety mentions in the bill: Under a section… Continue Reading

My Food Stamp Challenge

From food safety to nutrition: lessons learned on a (more than) tight budget

As 2012 came to a close, I decided to set what I believed to be an achievable goal for my New Year’s Resolution:  to complete one personal “challenge” each month in 2013.  For February (yes—the shortest month), I took on the “food stamp challenge,” for two reasons: To gain a better appreciation for how difficult… Continue Reading