DeLauro: Creating one super food safety agency will lead to safer food

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who represents a part of Shelton, plans to introduce a bill to create a single food safety agency.

The Safe Food Act of 2015 would create a single, independent federal food safety agency. Foodborne disease impacts 48 million Americans every year, said DeLauro, a 13th term Democrat.

Currently food safety oversight is split up among 15 different agencies, resulting in a patchwork where no single voice guides industry, retailers and consumers, according to DeLauro.

She said the Government Accountability Office first named the federal government’s fragmented food safety system to its biennial High Risk List in 2007, and it has made repeated appearances on the list since then.

DeLauro will introduce the legislation with U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois.

DeLauro is a former chairwoman, and currently a senior member, of the subcommittee responsible for funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She frequently speaks out on food safety issues, such as food processing concerns, foreign food sources, salmonella, and food labeling.

Shelton has two congressional districts

DeLauro represents the Third Congressional District, which includes a part of Shelton and most of the greater New Haven region. She lives in New Haven.

Most of Shelton is in the Fourth Congressional District, represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Greenwich. Himes is in his fourth term. The district includes most of Fairfield County.

— as edited by Brad Durrell for the Shelton Herald