US outlines proposal under which the FDA would be renamed Federal Drug Administration

The United States (US) government has outlined a proposal under which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be renamed the Federal Drug Administration, with the agency losing the responsibility for regulating food safety. If the proposal were to go ahead, the FDA would be responsible for regulating drugs, devices, biologics, tobacco, dietary supplements and cosmetics.

The proposal aims to address “the current fragmented” oversight of food safety. Under the proposal, the responsibilities currently shared out between the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service and the FDA, would be brought under a single agency within the USDA.

The plans are part of a wide-ranging initiative, which includes renaming the Department of Health and Human Services as the Department of Health and Public Welfare, which would take over some of the food assistance programmes currently run by the USDA.