WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack believes a single U.S. agency should be created and put in charge of the food safety work now handled by a variety of agencies, said a spokesman on Friday.
The spokesman was not immediately able to say if Vilsack’s view was shared by the Obama administration.
Earlier this week, a House subcommittee chairwoman introduced a bill to split apart the Food and Drug Administration to create a separate agency that would take over FDA’s oversight of fruit, vegetables and processed foods. It would not affect USDA’s meat inspection agency.
Creation of a single agency in charge of all food safety work, or lodging the duties in an existing agency, has been proposed repeatedly in Congress.
Reporting by Charles Abbott; Editing by David Gregorio