FDA requests billions to strengthen food safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for US$4.03 bln for food safety and public health promotion, a 23% increase on 2010s US$3.3 bln budget.

The request includes an additional US$327 mln for food safety, a 30% increase over current level of funding, which the FDA has said it would use for its “Transforming Food Safety Initiative”.

The initiative includes proposals for new safety standards, traceability frameworks, import safety checks, and better risk analysis to establish “strengthened inspection and response capacity”. The proposals mirror some of those outlined in food safety legislation awaiting consideration in the Senate.

Natalie Berkhout

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