Industry lobbies for FDA budget boost

US regulators are working towards an agreement on a future budget for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) work on food safety regulation.

In Congress, the appropriations subcommittees in the House of Representatives are expected to start allocating funds for 2017 in April 2016.

As happened for the 2016 budget in 2015, major players in the food industry have sent a letters to key legislators. These ask ranking members and chairs of appropriation panels to support the FDA at a level needed to fulfil the agency’s mandates.

The coalition coordinating the campaign which represents interested parties from all sectors is requesting a $120 million increase. This compares to $15 million in additional funds proposed by the Obama administration.

Extra money is particularly necessary to help the FDA carry out the sweeping reforms embodied in the Safety Modernisation Act (Fsma). The signatories to the letters to lobby legislators say: ‘[I]t is important that [the] FDA also has the training, technical assistance, and infrastructure in place to implement Fsma effectively.’

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