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Congress should pass a 'harmonization statute' for regulators
Congress should pass a 'harmonization statute' for regulators

As if federal budget negotiations weren't messy enough, President Obama is hoping to use the process simultaneously to untangle regulatory knots, starting with food safety. His 2016 budget proposal lays out how a dozen or so agencies, enforcing more than 30 laws, share responsibility for the safety of our food supply. For example, regulation of frozen cheese pizzas rests with the Food and Drug Administration, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture assumes oversight when pizzas have pepperoni on them. Don't even ask about anchovies. The president's budget would put the USDA's and FDA's food-safety functions under one roof. If Obama succeeds, it would be a...

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