FSMA’s Future with the New Congress

Government programs and regulations typically obtain budget authorization on a year-to-year basis, always subject to Congressional approval. When a new Administration takes over, however, it looks for ways to put its own stamp on government programs — canceling or cutting back on some, while expanding others.

So it is likely to be come January, when the new Trump Administration and the GOP-led Congress are sworn into office. At this point, it is anyone’s guess which current programs will evade the budget axe, which will receive new funding, and which will be amended, altered or remain untouched.

One such program of great importance to food consumers is the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (known by its acronym FSMA), passed by a Democratic Administration and just now being implemented after five years of rule-making by the agency charged with the law’s implementation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

It is too soon to tell what, if anything, might happen to FSMA, but here’s a link to a blog post on some possible outcomes:

Is the Nation’s New Food Safety Law on the Cutting Block?

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