Budget calls for food safety, nutrition increases

Source of Article:  http://thepacker.com/icms/_dtaa2/content/wrapper.asp?alink=2009-172155-590.asp&stype=topstory&fb=&author=Tom+Karst

By Tom Karst

(Feb. 26, 5:20 p.m.) Revealing an interest in boosting the federal feeding programs and food safety oversight, the White House fiscal year 2010 budget proposes $1 billion per year increase for child nutrition programs and a similar increase for food safety oversight efforts.

The 146-page budget, released Feb. 26, reflects spending estimated between $3.5 trillion and $4 trillion, with about a $1.75 trillion deficit, media accounts said.

Offering no specific details, the White House said the budget invests more than $1 billion for Food and Drug Administration food safety efforts to improve inspections, domestic surveillance, laboratory capacity and response to foodborne illness outbreaks.

Meanwhile, the White House said the budget supports a strong child Nutrition and WIC reauthorization package that will help keep President Obama’s promise to end childhood hunger by 2015.

The White House said the budget provides an increase of $1 billion annually to improve access to, and nutritional value of, school meals. Another provision supports 9.8 million participants in the Women Infants and Children nutrition assistance program, up from about 8.7 million in fiscal year 2008.

Child nutrition programs, costing an estimated $15 billion a year, are up for reauthorization by Congress this y
ear. The White House budget is expected to add about $10 billion to the programs through fiscal year 2019.



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