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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

March 27, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) spoke on the House Floor in favor of Congress’s third coronavirus response bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A video of her speech can be found here, and below are her remarks as delivered:
March 25, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after two residents of the Third District—one in New Haven and one in West Haven—died from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
March 23, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statemen after House Democrats introduced the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, new legislation to help families, businesses, and communities deal with the public health and economic impacts of the coronavirus.
March 20, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a new coronavirus relief bill.
March 17, 2020 Press Release
Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senate lead on the FAMILY Act, announced plans to introduce the PAID Leave Act (Providing Americans Insured Days of Leave Act). The PAID Leave Act is a comprehensive emergency paid sick days and paid family and medical leave bill—fully funded by the federal government during this emergency—to provide additional support to workers and businesses during the coronavirus outbreak and future public health emergencies.
March 12, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after a child in Stratford tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
March 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC(March 12, 2020) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker announced the indefinite closure of all New Haven Public Schools and senior centers.

March 11, 2020 Press Release
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 House Democrats introduced the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a new stimulus package to combat the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 11, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) joined Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) in introducing the Ensuring Emergency Food Security Act, new legislation to combat the economic impacts of the coronavirus by:
March 10, 2020 Press Release

A video of the hearing can be found here.

Good morning. I am pleased to have the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before the Subcommittee. It has been several years (March 2016) since our last hearing on the budget of the nation’s leading public health agency. What good timing.

Let me welcome CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield. It is good to see you and your colleagues, who are here to answer questions.