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DEC 2016

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December 2016 | progressivegrocer.com | 33 Food Safety Cover Story W ith a new presidential adminis- tration headed to Washington, D.C., next month, augmented by Republican majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, the implications for the food industry are on the minds of many. e legislative and regulatory policies enacted in the past eight years — which include what is widely viewed as the most sweeping food safety updates since the 1950s, culminating in the Food Safety Moderniza- tion Act (FSMA) — have been significant. When campaigning for his new job, President- elect Donald J. Trump pledged to limit federal government regulations, which inherently involve two of the food industry's most influential federal agencies — the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — both of which play central oversight roles with regard to food safety, immigration, nutrition, federal agricultural policy and international trade. While it remains to be seen whether the incoming president will completely dismantle, maintain or only tweak the existing rules and regulations, no candidates for such key cabinet positions as agriculture secretary or FDA New Rules for a More Transparent Road As it awaits the impact of a major political shift in Washington, D.C., the food industry grapples with a heightened level of transparency requirements. By Bridget Goldschmidt

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