Vital Food Safety Priorities Need Additional Funding

Vital Food Safety Priorities Need Additional Funding

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate committees on appropriations approved their respective agriculture appropriations bills for fiscal year 2016, allocating discretionary funds to food, agriculture, and health-related agencies.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had requested $109.5 million in additional funding from Congress for implementation of the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). When fully implemented, FSMA will apply new measures to reduce contamination throughout the food supply and update inspection protocols. FSMA includes prevention-based requirements for three priority areas: processed foods, fresh produce, and food imports.

Though confined by budgetary caps, the House and Senate approved new funding for FSMA, but both funding levels fall short of the agency’s request and will not enable the FDA to fully implement all three of its priorities.

The House allocated $41.5 million for food safety, while the Senate granted $45 million. If the FDA does not receive the level of discretionary funding requested in the president's fiscal 2016 budget, it must prioritize spending by focusing on major activities associated with the rule on preventive controls for processed foods, then the produce safety regulations and finally the food import rule.

Click on the graphic above to expand.


reported multistate outbreaks of foodborne illness have been linked to FDA-regulated products since FSMA was enacted in 2011.

Learn More
The front facade of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC.

Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

Quick View

Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.


States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

Quick View

Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.