Food Safety Magazine

News | September 16, 2016

Trump to Limit Role of “FDA Food Police”

By Staff

Trump to Limit Role of “FDA Food Police”

Yesterday, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign team released a list of “specific regulations to be eliminated” if the Republican nominee is elected to the White House come November 8th. The list included changes to how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) “Food Police” regulates the American food supply.

In part, the campaign list and fact sheet read,

“The FDA Food Police, which dictate how the federal government expects farmers to produce fruits and vegetables and even dictates the nutritional content of dog food,”

“The rules govern the soil farmers use, farm and food production hygiene, food packaging, food temperatures and even what animals may roam which fields and when,”

"It also greatly increased inspections of food 'facilities,' and levies new taxes to pay for this inspection overkill."

Trump’s goal (not just with food safety, but all laws and regulations) is to strengthen the rules that are useful and reduce the rules that harm the economy.

After initial publication online, the fact sheet was removed and later replaced with a new one that contained no mention of the FDA.

By comparison, Trump’s plan comes just about 2 months after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that food safety progress and related successes have been most noticeable under the administration of President Barack Obama.

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