Consumer Federation of America today praised the House and Senate conferees for providing the Food and Drug Administration with an additional $50 million increase in appropriations for FY2012. Congress instructed the FDA to use most of that increase ($39 million) for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
"When Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, it recognized the need to shift FDA's approach to food safety from a reactive one to a preventive approach," said Chris Waldrop, Director of the Food Policy Institute at Consumer Federation of America. "In order to successfully implement the law and protect consumers from foodborne illness, FDA must be provided with sufficient resources. We are encouraged by the conferees' action today and hope that Congress will continue its commitment to providing FDA with additional needed resources."
WASHINGTON – The following is a statement from Sandra Eskin, project director for the Pew Health Group’s Food Safety Campaign:
“Congress’ decision to increase appropriations for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by $39 million provides an important down payment toward the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was enacted in January. This law, adopted with strong bipartisan support, will strengthen how the federal government oversees the safety of 80 percent of the food supply.
“This critical funding measure will shift the agency from primarily reacting to foodborne contamination incidents to preventing these dangerous outbreaks. The additional resources will also help FDA increase oversight of imported food and establish first-ever produce safety standards designed to avoid problems like the recent illnesses linked to Listeria in cantaloupes.”