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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

January 16, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today sent a letter to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor Lauren Sweatt urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into a worker fatality that occurred at a poultry processing plant in Guntersville, Alabama owned by Pilgrim’s Pride—a subsidiary of the Brazilian meatpacking conglomerate JBS SA.
January 10, 2020 Press Release
At a news conference today in the Capitol with medical experts, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) reiterated her call to ban sales of ranitidine—the active ingredient in Zantac—and reintroduced the Recall Unsafe Drugs Act. Her legislation would give the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandatory recall authority over drugs and homeopathic products.
January 10, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) voted in favor of the PFAS Action Act of 2019, legislation that would protect communities from the cancerous “forever chemicals” commonly known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), which is often found in food packaging and other consumer and industrial products.
December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statement after the House passed her FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Appropriations bill by a vote of 297-120.

December 11, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today introduced the Expanded Food Safety Investigation Act of 2019, which would grant new authority to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate corporate livestock feedlots and confinement operations implicated in foodborne illness outbreaks.
December 10, 2019 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) held a Member Forum with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NAASP) to hear from those who are facing the youth vaping epidemic directly: students and principals. A full video of her testimony can be found here, and below are her opening remarks as delivered:
December 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC –Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) led 100 House Democrats in introducing the Protect SNAP Act, legislation to prevent the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from implementing stricter work requirements under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
December 4, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final rule to restrict hundreds of thousands of Americans’ access to SNAP—America’s leading anti-hunger program.
November 21, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today sent a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue calling for an investigation into tens of millions of dollars in payments to the corrupt, Brazilian-owned meatpacker JBS.
November 18, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after news reports that President Trump has backed down from his plans to ban e-cigarette flavors.