In advance of a congressional hearing today focused on concerns that the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of food safety is dysfunctional, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf announced he is launching a “comprehensive evaluation” of the agency’s food programs.
Congressional leaders announced agreement early Wednesday on a $1.5 trillion, government-wide spending bill for fiscal 2022 that includes new funding for rural broadband expansion and authorization of a cattle contract library at USDA to address concerns about market power in the beef sector.
The Supreme Court has stayed the COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses of 100 or more employees, finding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration did not have the authority to issue it.
A lawsuit alleging Tyson Foods’ negligence and disregard for proper safety measures led to the deaths from COVID-19 of four employees of its Waterloo, Iowa, plant can move forward in state court, a federal appeals court ruled.
The Biden administration will lift restrictions on travel from South Africa Dec. 31, which is good news for farmers and ranchers who are expected to employ about 7,000 workers from that country this growing season.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has suspended work on its vaccination/testing mandate for private businesses even as some Republicans in Congress vow to oppose funding to enforce the rule.