Public Health Groups to Congress: Increase FDA’s Food Safety Funding


A coalition of medical and public health groups are calling on Congress for a substantial increase in FY2015 funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so that the agency can implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The landmark law shifts FDA’s focus from responding to foodborne illness outbreaks to preventing them. 

In a letter to the chairmen and the ranking members of the committees that allocate funding to FDA, the 16 organizations stressed the critical need for at least $50 million in additional resources in the fiscal year beginning October 1 to build a safety system with which the agency could more thoroughly oversee food importers; forge partnerships with international, state and local authorities; train its inspectors to carry out their growing responsibilities; and provide technical assistance to small farms and food processors.

Download the full letter (PDF).

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