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SEP-OCT 2018

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6 INSIDER September/October 2018 In the News On July 5, 2018, Scott Pruitt resigned as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a letter to President Donald Trump, he wrote, "Truly, your confi dence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your administration." Pruitt's deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, stepped in as acting administrator on July 9. "I look forward to working alongside EPA employees to continue our collective goal of protecting public health and the environment on behalf of the American people," Wheeler wrote on the official EPA website. Under Pruitt's administration, EPA set forth three objectives outlined in the EPA Year in Review 2017-2018 report: Refocusing the agency on its core mission; Restoring power to the states through cooperative federalism; and Adhering to the rule of law and improving agency processes. Some changes instituted by Pruitt's administration include: On Nov. 16, 2017, EPA called for rewriting its Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA (perfl uorooctanoic acid) document, making it harder to monitor PFOA—a diffi cult-to-track chemical that has been linked to kidney cancer, thyroid disease and high cholesterol. On Dec. 14, 2017, EPA moved to revise its Agricultural Worker Protection Standard document, which includes a revision to strike minimum age requirements for handling pesticides. On Mar. 29, 2017, a press release from EPA stated Pruitt signed an order denying a petition to ban chlorpyrifos—a pesticide linked to neurodevelopment delays in children. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the signing means roughly 30 million pounds of chlorpyrifos-based weed killer will be sprayed on U.S. crops over the next fi ve years. The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance— composed of Danone North America, Mars Inc., Nestle USA and Unilever United States—published a press release on July 12, 2018, calling for EPA to revisit its stances on both the Paris Climate Agreement and the Clean Power Plan. "The Alliance will also work to advance policies that are impactful for the environment, while accounting for the specifi c business imperatives of supply chains, including farmers, ranchers and other producers," the release stated. White House Proposes Single Food Agency at USDA The Trump Administration on June 21, 2017, released a report titled "Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century," which outlined sweeping realignments of government agencies. Of interest is the proposed merger between the food safety functions of FDA and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) into a single entity called the Federal Food and Safety Agency (FFSA). "Looking at the menu of your favorite pizza shop, you probably wouldn't guess that different pies need to be regulated by different federal agencies," the report noted. "But while a cheese pizza has to meet the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, a pepperoni pizza falls under the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Last time you made an omelet, the FDA regulated any eggs you cracked yourself, but the FSIS was responsible if you poured from a carton of liquid eggs. And chickens? The FDA regulates their feed while the FSIS inspects them at slaughter." For more than 40 years, the Government Accountability Offi ce (GAO) has reported that the fragmented federal oversight of food safety "has caused inconsistent oversight, ineffective coordination and ineffi cient use of resources," and food safety has been on GAO's list of high-risk areas since 2007. FDA has jurisdiction over the safety of all U.S. domestic and imported foods except meat, poultry, processed eggs and catfi sh. FSIS is responsible for the safety of domestic and imported meat, poultry, processed eggs and catfi sh. Approximately 5,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees and US$1.3 billion from FDA with roughly 9,200 FTEs and $1 billion in resources from USDA would become one, according to the report. "Consolidating FSIS and the food safety functions of FDA would allow for a better allocation of resources based on risk, better communication during illness outbreaks, and improved policy and program planning through development of a single strategic plan." The recommendation is to house the proposed FFSA at USDA. "USDA is well-poised to house the Federal Food and Safety Agency. USDA is a strong leader in food safety, has a thorough understanding of food safety risk and issues all along the farm-to-fork continuum, and many agencies within USDA focus on food safety," the report maintained. Following the food reorganization, FDA would be renamed the Federal Drug Administration and would be responsible for the oversight of drugs, devices, biologics, tobacco, dietary supplements and cosmetics. Regulatory Roundup: EPA Administrator's Resignation and White House USDA Proposal by Connor Lovejoy The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance—composed of Danone North America, Mars Inc., Nestle USA and Unilever United States—called for EPA to revisit its stances on both the Paris Climate Agreement and the Clean Power Plan.

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