Bush faces opposition from poultry industry
Fees proposed in
President Bush's budget submitted recently to the Congress is
being fought by a coalition of nearly 40
The so-called 'user fees' for government mandated food safety inspection
programs represent an additional US$96 million tax on consumers, livestock and
poultry producers and the meat, poultry and egg processing industries.
User fees have been proposed in the past, but have
been rejected by the legislative branch. In a letter to the US House
, the coalition noted
that meat, poultry and egg inspection is a public health and safety program that
has been funded through tax dollars during the last 100 years. The proposed user
fees, would not only foist higher food prices onto tax-paying consumers, but
also harm the US competitive edge in the export market.
"We urge Congress to continue to oppose proposals to assess new user fees,
either in whole or in part, to fund federally mandated meat, poultry and egg
products inspection," the letter
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