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President seeks more food safety funding for FDA

June 11, 2008
by Lisa Schnirring
CIDRAP News

In late April, Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington, DC, issued a report that detailed a long list of problems at the FDA, including severe underfunding. The report recommended that Congress double FDA funding over the next 5 years. Jeff Levi, executive director of TFAH, praised the budget amendment to increase funds for the FDA. "It's always great when this administration asks for more money for public health," he told CIDRAP News. He said it's still not clear what specific amount would go toward implementing each specific part of the FDA's proposed food protection plan. Congress will be able to react more appropriately when it sees links between the plan and the needed funding, Levi said.

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