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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 16, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Congressman Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL) today released the following statements after the House Judiciary Committee passed their bipartisan bill, the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (H.R. 3942), by a voice vote.
October 3, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after the Connecticut Department of Health announced the first vaping-related death in Connecticut.
September 17, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final rule to deregulate hog slaughter inspections.
September 12, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today wrote a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless urging them to take e-cigarettes amidst an outbreak of lung illnesses.
August 2, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General Phyllis Fong requesting that her office broaden its ongoing review of the agency’s proposed Swine Slaughter Inspection Rule to include food safety and animal welfare concerns.
July 25, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a worldwide recall of Allergan textured breast implants linked to anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL).
July 23, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a proposed rule that would take away Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from more than 3 million people.
June 20, 2019 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) held a Congressional Food Safety Caucus briefing with the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Consumer Federation of America on the current state of food safety in America and the urgency of creating a single food safety agency.
May 10, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) today reintroduced the Medical Device Safety Act, a bill to increase access to legal recourse for victims of unsafe devices.