While the 2016 presidential candidates have been fairly quiet on the food policy front, this week Republican party nominee Donald Trump decided to take on the country's food safety regulators—then promptly deleted his campaign's statement.
On Thursday, Trump's website posted a document outlining the candidate's views on the country's regulatory standards and his plans to reduce those standards if elected president. That statement, intended as a supplement to a speech given by Trump to the New York Economic Club, called to eliminate "the FDA Food Police," suggesting that the agency's policies had overreached. According to Trump, the FDA's governing of "the soil farmers use, farm and food production hygiene, food packaging, food temperatures" and other aspects of the industry were too invasive. The campaign also suggested that the administration also performed "inspection overkill" in its oversight of food manufacturing facilities.
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Soon after releasing the statement, the release was deleted from the campaign's site and replaced with a similar sheet that omitted Trump's opinions on food regulations.