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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

Food, Drug, and Medical Device Safety

With more than 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths from foodborne disease each year, food safety is critical for the health and well-being of American families. As a senior Democrat of the subcommittee responsible for funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Rosa fights for policies that ensure the safety of our food. Rosa also co-chairs the Congressional Food Safety Caucus, which works to prevent foodborne illnesses.

Food Safety Modernization Act

Rosa is a leader in writing the Food Safety Modernization Act, which became law in 2011. The legislation contained several key provisions she championed, including mandating regular inspections of high-risk industrial food facilities, requiring food companies to take preventive measures, establishing a better system for tracing food, and demanding that imported food meet our safety standards.

As the Food Safety Modernization Act is implemented, Rosa is working to ensure that the new rules and regulations protect the health of American consumers. With the ever-increasing quantity of imported foods, Rosa is also fighting for the resources and authorities needed to make sure that these foods are safe for consumers and that our trade agreements make food safety a priority. 

Streamlining our Food Safety System

Responsibility for our nation’s food safety is stretched across 15 federal agencies responsible for enforcing at least 30 laws, making it impossible to efficiently respond to the safety issues of today’s global and complex food system. Rosa believes that we must streamline this process, which is why she has long sponsored legislation that would establish a single food safety agency with a comprehensive and coordinated mission to protect America’s families from foodborne illness.

Drug and Medical Device Safety

The safety and effectiveness of medications in the U.S. is a critical component of the nation’s healthcare system. Almost 40 percent of drugs taken in the U.S. are produced overseas and 80 percent of all drug ingredients come from foreign countries. Americans trust and rely on these products to take care of themselves and their families. Rosa works to ensure that the FDA can regulate, test, and assure the safety of the drugs that are used in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and homes across the country.

Medical device safety is another critical area in which Rosa works to protect American patients. Medical devices range from bandages and tongue depressors, to tanning beds, pacemakers, and artificial joint implants. Rosa is working to ensure the safety and efficacy of the approval processes for medical devices, as well as for improved safety standards, post-market surveillance, and appropriate classification and labeling of medical devices to protect patients and consumers.

More on Food, Drug, and Medical Device Safety

October 17, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that a strain of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella has been found in contaminated raw chicken products, causing 92 people illnesses across 29 states, including Connecticut.
October 4, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) announcement that more than 6.5 million pounds of ground beef is being recalled due to Salmonella contamination.
July 20, 2018 Press Release
Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) today released the following statements after Bayer announced it would halt sales of Essure—a medical device that is supposed to be a permanent form of contraception.
May 7, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today issued the following statement celebrating the implementation of the menu labeling rule that she and former Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) worked to include in the Affordable Care Act. The rule ensures that consumers are provided with nutritional information on the foods they purchase away from home, which make up about a third of most Americans’ diets.
April 20, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update on the ongoing E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region.
April 19, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today wrote a letter to the CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D., FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., telling them to clarify consumer advice related to the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce—which has resulted in 53 infections, including 31 hospitalizations, across 16 states.
April 16, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) sent a letter urging United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to protect young children from ingesting dangerous amounts of arsenic by promptly updating guidance to consumers and businesses.
April 3, 2018 Press Release
Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Frank Pallone, Jr. announced the introduction of the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5425) today, which would update front-of-package labeling requirements in order to prevent misleading health claims and require updates to the ingredient list on packaged foods and other labeling requirements.
March 8, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Chair of the Congressional Food Safety Caucus, today led a letter with 10 of her House Democratic colleagues urging President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to submit a qualified nominee for the Under Secretary for Food Safety vacancy.
January 20, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement in response to the government shutdown.