Democrats, Republicans Agree US FDA’s Food Safety Programs Need Help, Disagree On How
Commissioner Califf Candid About Agency Funding, Abbott Nutrition Plant Problems
Democrats on Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee support increasing funding for FDA’s regulation of food product manufacturing and marketing, but Republicans advise Commissioner Robert Califf the agency should do more with authority it already has and without adding to its budget.
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Topping Califf’s list of getting ready for future is “a vast need at the FDA for integrative data science." In a review he conducted of improvements agency centers are targeting, each listed supply chain information as top concern.
Califf was candid during Science Board meeting about agency’s limits, such as disseminating accurate information in response to rampant misinformation during COVID-19 pandemic. “We need to call out people who are outside the FDA … because this vast universe of information out there is way bigger than we can handle on our own,” he said.
"Many of the problems facing [the FDA] can be solved through strong leadership rather than more money,” says Rep. Andy Harris during Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro continues her criticism of FDA's regulation of industries under its oversight, saying a "structural problem" caused infant formula shortage.