Make Our Food Safe
03/01/2012

"FDA warns food industry about loses if funding is not provided for food safety"

Southwest Farm Press | Ron Smith

 

"U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg is warning the food industry that foodborne illnesses threaten their operations because the public reacts negatively to outbreaks of food-related health issues.

Hamburg also says if Congress doesn’t provide additional funding to the FDA, the Food Safety Modernization Act will not be effective in preventing increased problems in the years ahead if proposed user fees are rejected because of opposition by the industry.

Hamburg made the comments during a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee meeting last week in Washington after Committee ranking member Sam Farr, D-California, noted that Congress has been unwilling to give FDA the requested resources. Farr admitted that it seems unlikely the Obama Administration’s proposed program of $220 in user fees will pass, largely because of opposition to the measure voiced by the food industry..."

 

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