Last week, the Trump Administration put 24 FDA rule-making proceedings and 4 USDA rule-making proceedings on hold for at least six months, if not indefinitely. These FDA and USDA proceedings join approximately 860 other rule-makings across the federal government that the Trump Administration says will harm American businesses.
Many of the rules the Administration is scrapping are intended to protect the nation’s food supply, and to ensure that the everyday products in America’s medicine cabinets are safe.
And most, if not all, of the proposals being scrapped are meant to incorporate new scientific information into rules that were authorized by Congress long ago.
The FDA rules include:
- New safety labeling for Tylenol;
- New safety labeling for pediatric cold medicines;
- New safety labeling for weight-control products;
- New safety rules for dental products that contain benzocaine;
- New safety rules for sunscreens;
- New quality standards for dietary supplements;
- Updated mammography standards;
- Updated rules for compounding pharmacies; and
- New rules on child-resistant packaging for tobacco and nicotine products.
The USDA rules include:
- Updated health standards for processed meat and poultry products;
- Updated rules to prevent bovine spongiform encephelopathy (BSE), scrapie, and bovine tuberculosis;
- Updated health standards for slaughterhouses; and
- Updated nutrition labels on meat and poultry.
It remains to be seen whether Congress has any recourse, and if so, whether it will use it.