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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has proposed a fundamental change to the mission of the Food and Drug Administration, one that would transfer most of the responsibility for regulating food safety to the Department of Agriculture and rename the FDA the “Federal Drug Administration.”

The proposal is part of a wide-reaching plan that was released Thursday by the White House and that includes other broader ideas to reform the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS would be renamed the “Department of Health and Public Welfare” and absorb some food assistance programs currently run by the USDA.

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  • I have an even better idea, let’s get rid of both since they are nothing but sell outs who soak up our tax dollars. We can save ourselves a ton of wasted money! YOU’RE FIRED!

  • Need to get the food processing based regulation out of alcoholic beverage producers put in after the FSMA passed for the Bioterrorism Act inspections, and leave all inspections in the TTB which regulates for basically the same thing. FDA likes to get its hands in to everything.

  • Very fine reporting. An evenhanded report of what the administration is doing now to untangle bureaucraties.

  • Without commenting on the wisdom of the reported changes, I do think the name, “Federal Drug Administration,” should be reconsidered. Even if you move food regulation out of FDA, the remaining duties encompass far more than just drugs.

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