2017 federal budget gives $1.6 billion to food safety

A 15% rise in central government funding for federal food safety agencies has been agreed in the final annual budget from the administration of president Barack Obama.

A total of $1.6 billion (€1.4 billion) will be split between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The main priority for both agencies is the implementation of the new approach to safety prescribed in the 2012 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Securing adequate funding for the FDA and other federal bodies involved in this work is an annual battleground between the presidency and US Congress.

The figures for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 – which runs 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017 – represent a $212 million increase on funds assigned for food safety in FY 2016. Of the $1.6 billion total the lion’s share will go to the FDA, with the CDC receiving just $52 million for its work.

Announcing the FY 2017 allocations the Department of Health and Human Services notes the FSMA will involve the FDA in a number of new and important tasks. These include ‘increasing state capacity to implement the produce safety rules, implementing the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), and ensuring consumers are able to make healthy food choices.’

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