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While labels may make the regulation apparent, which part of the administrative state handles that regulation can be less clear. Two agencies: the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -- part of the Department of Health and Human Services -- both have jurisdiction over the foods we consume. Which agency handles what is not always apparent. Recent illnesses and deaths involving baby formula and spinach -- both under the FDA's inspection jurisdiction -- have emphasized that regulatory structure can have life-or-death consequences. This has led some on both sides of the aisle to suggest a revamp of how we handle food safety regulation. One group contends the FDA should take the lead (Food being literally in the name); a second argues the USDA should run point (agriculture being the first step to food production), and a third group argues creating a separate agency entirely would be the best solution. The FDA itself has proposed an internal reorganization to emphasize its food safety mandate.
This panel of FDA and USDA veterans whose service spanned multiple administrations will examine the questions (1) how safe is our food, (2) is a reorganization of the agencies that handle food safety necessary to achieve the maximum level of safety, and (3) how should such a reorganization look.
- Dr. Mindy Brashears, Associate Vice President of Research, Endowed Chair, Professor & Director, International Center for Food Industry Excellence, Texas Tech University; Former Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety, United States Department of Agriculture
- Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Former Acting Commissioner and Former Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, United States Food and Drug Administration
- Frank Yiannas, Former Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, United States Food and Drug Administration
- [Moderator] Hon. Stephen Alexander Vaden, Judge, United States Court of International Trade; Former General Counsel of the United States Department of Agriculture