Perdue is a strong proponent of scaling back the SNAP program, and publicly supported a GOP House measure to strengthen work requirements for food stamp recipients. The measure garnered no support in the Senate and didn't make it into the final farm bill, which President Donald Trump signed into law in December. … [Read more...] about USDA: Despite Shutdown, Food Stamps Funded Through February
Food distribution programs
To ensure that the bulk of the population in need of food legislation is covered, a narrow exclusion criterion is the need of the hour. Provisions for procurement and storage in view of a specific time frame should have been laid down. An attempt to empower the beneficiaries of the scheme by prioritizing decentralised procurement, scheduling the distribution of food grains within a certain date of the month, imparting real decision making powers etc. should have been made. The introduction of schemes like cash transfers, which are meant to replace food transfer, should not have been implemented against the wishes of the beneficiaries. The Bill should have listened to the voices of the real beneficiaries, rather than being just an attempt to satisfy the growing demands for better food coverage of the nation for electoral purposes. … [Read more...] about Review of the Implementation Aspect of Food Security legislation in India
Registration of Food FacilitiesUnder section 102 of FSMA, food facilities previously required to register with FDA under section 415 of the FFDCA are required to renew their registrations every other year. Section 102 of FSMA also requires domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or store food to submit additional registration information to FDA, including an assurance that the agency will be permitted to inspect the facility in accordance with its delegated authority. It also authorizes FDA to suspend registration of a facility if it determines that a food manufactured, processed, packed, received, or held by the facility poses a reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences or death, and the facility either was responsible for the danger or had actual or constructive knowledge of the danger. A suspended facility is prohibited from importing or exporting food into the United States, or introducing food into interstate or intrastate … [Read more...] about What’s New Under the Food Safety Modernization Act?
The drug testing proposal is another step in the Trump administration’s push to allow states more flexibility in how they implement federal programs that serve the poor, unemployed or uninsured. It also wants to allow states to tighten work requirements for food stamp recipients and has found support among GOP governors who argue greater state control saves money and reduces dependency. … [Read more...] about Trump considering plan to drug test some food stamp recipients
DSHS is keeping its website and its Facebook and Twitter accounts updated as it receives guidance from the federal government. For more information, visit the agency’s Economic Services Administration’s website. … [Read more...] about DSHS to distribute food benefits early because of government shutdown