Food safety takes a back seat to trade in the Trump administration

CSPI Welcomes Vilsack Return to USDA

Statement of CSPI President Dr. Peter G. Lurie

Despite the USDA’s reassurance that the Under Secretary for Food Safety will still chair Codex meetings, the move of the little-known but influential office is a mistake.  The administration has not yet even nominated a permanent Under Secretary for Food Safety.  And at a time when other key USDA offices are being populated by country club cabana attendants, pesticide lobbyists, and other unqualified political campaign operatives, the Codex office’s move is more troubling still.