(Sept. 18, 4:32 p.m.) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should be divided between food safety and drug and device safety responsibilities, said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.

What’s more, DeLauro said she will introduce legislation proposing to do just that by late September.

DeLauro, chairwoman of the House agriculture appropriations subcommittee, made the suggestion at a Sept. 17 hearing focused on the salmonella outbreak investigation.

During her remarks, DeLauro said she plans to introduce the Food Safety Modernization Act the week of Sept. 22, which will seek to establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services that would have responsibility for all food safety issues currently administered by the FDA.

“To be sure, our ultimate goal must remain an independent, single food agency, but I believe that in order to begin fixing our broken system, we must act now, and this is the best way forward,” she said in her opening statement at the food safety hearing.

A news release from DeLauro’s office said other components of the legislation will address traceability, process controls, inspections and insuring the safety of imported foods.