Proposed legislation to take food safety out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and move it to the Food and Drug Administration will be discussed this week by the House ag committee. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, gave a preview Monday night in Wichita on where he stood on the issue:
Dead set against it.
“The FDA has more on its plate than it can handle,” Moran told an audience of about 250 at the Sedgwick County Extension’s 62nd annual barbecue. “We need someone involved with food safety who understands agriculture to some degree.
“And while I have my differences with the department of ag, I would rest more easily with them. We will work hard to retain food safety in USDA.
It’s important to us as producers. Even the threat, even the rumor of BSE (mad-cow disease) can cause markets to drop.”