5/08/2009-The U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting a budget of $3.2 billion to
protect and promote the public health as part of the President’s fiscal
year (FY) 2010 budget—a 19% increase over the current FDA fiscal year
budget. One of the major initiatives of the budget falls under “Protecting
America’s Food Supply,” which has a proposed budget of $259.3 million. The goal
of this effort is to protect American consumers by preventing intentional
and unintentional contamination. It would focus on foreign and domestic
sources of ingredients, components, and finished products at all points in
the supply chain, including their eventual use by the American public.
Within this initiative, the FDA proposes to collect a total of $94.4
million in new user fees to register food facilities and increase food
inspections, issue food and feed export certificates, and reinspect food facilities
that fail to meet the FDA’s safety standards.