Obama’s budget boosts FDA funding

Source of Article:  http://www.ift.org/news_bin/news/news_home.shtml

3/02/2009-According to a Reuters article, President Obama’s new budget includes more than $1 billion to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strengthen its food safety efforts. Although details were limited, the money would “increase and improve inspections, domestic surveillance, laboratory capacity, and domestic response to prevent and control foodborne illness.” The FDA has been criticized for the past couple of years for failing to protect the U.S. food supply from some high-profile outbreaks of foodborne illness. This includes the most recent outbreak of Salmonella traced to peanut plants, which has sickened 666 people in 44 states.

In addition, the budget outlines that the Dept. of Health and Human Services, which oversees the FDA and other government health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, would get a 13% jump in discretionary funding over the next five years. This means that HHS budget by 2014 could be $90.7 billion—up from $80.1 billion for 2009.

Reuters article



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