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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

June 4, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today held a critical hearing with the Subcommittee’s Democrats and Republicans on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the CDC, appeared before the Subcommittee.
June 4, 2020 Press Release
Chairwoman DeLauro Opening Remarks for House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Hearing on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 25, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, released the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report on COVID-19 testing as required by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.
May 20, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approved Connecticut’s application to provide households using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits the ability to make purchases online.
May 15, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) spoke on the House Floor in support of The Heroes Act: a new coronavirus response package aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19—through testing, contact tracing, and treatments—supporting our frontline workers and all workers, ensuring children and families have economic security throughout the public health crisis, and providing critical funding to our state, local, territorial, and tribal governments.
May 13, 2020 Press Release
As the pandemic broadens and the Trump Administration bungles, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chairman of the Health Subcommittee on Ways and Means, and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, urge Secretary Azar to create a transparent process for distributing available doses of remdesivir and to swiftly release initial clinical trial findings.
May 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (May 13, 2020) Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, joined Congresswomen Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38), Jenniffer González-Cólon (PR-AL), Kim Schrier, M.D.

May 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (May 12, 2020) Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, released the following statement after House Democrats introduced The Heroes Act, a new coronavirus response package aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19—through testing, contact tracing, and treatments—supporting our frontline workers and all workers, ensuring children and families have economic security throughout the public health crisis, and pro

May 12, 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 demanding a response from Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to her letter—sent nearly three weeks ago—urging him to stop the use of hydroxychloroquine on veterans diagnosed with COVID-19. DeLauro’s letter followed new information from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and medical experts that the drug could increase the risk of death.
May 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (May 8, 2020) Today, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging him to release additional Congressionally-appropriated funding to the seventeen small- and medium-sized hospitals in Connecticut that were excluded from the recent $10 billion COVID High Impact Allocation.