Food Safety Takes a Back Seat to Trade in the Trump Administration

Statement of CSPI President Dr. Peter G. Lurie


By moving the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Codex Office from the agency’s Food Safety Inspection Service to its trade office, Secretary Perdue is telling our trading partners and American consumers that food safety takes a back seat to trade in the Trump administration.

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.