WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sam Farr (D-CA) today called on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to request the resources the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to fully implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The representatives urged OMB and HHS to discontinue its practice of requesting user fees to implement FSMA, and also asked OMB to release the still-pending revised proposed rules required by FSMA early this fall.
“In the four years since FSMA was enacted, Congress has provided some of the funding necessary for FSMA implementation, but much more funding will be required to make the larger, up-front investments necessary to ensure the public-health benefits the law promises,” DeLauro and Farr wrote. “Once the major rules are completed in the coming year, FDA will require additional funding to fully implement FSMA.”
FSMA is the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. Adequate implementation funding is essential for success.
DeLauro and Farr both serve on the subcommittee responsible for funding the FDA. Farr is the current senior Democrat, a role DeLauro formerly held.