Food Quality e-newsletter, June 2009

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) fiscal year (FY) 2010 budget of $3.2 billion includes more than $1 billion for food safety, most notably $259.3 million budgeted for an initiative called Protecting America’s Food Supply.

Within the initiative, the FDA plans to develop a system of preventive controls to avoid foodborne outbreaks, create a system that is integrated with the states on inspection and enforcement, conduct more domestic and foreign inspections, and strengthen information technology to support food safety and security.

To that end, the FDA proposes to collect some $94 million in new user fees to register food facilities, increase food inspections, issue food and feed export certifications, and re-inspect food facilities that fail to meet the FDA’s safety standards.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) applauded the Obama Administration for recommending significant increases in food safety-related funding for the FDA.

“At the urging of industry and consumer groups, even ahead of this proposal, Congress has already increased food safety spending from $439 million to $649 million over the last three years,” said Pamela Bailey, GMA president and CEO. “If Congress enacts the FY 2010 request proposed by FDA and the Obama Administration, FDA’s food safety appropriations would increase to $783 million, an increase of more than 78% in just four years. We look forward to learning more about the administration’s proposal as well as to working with it to strengthen the safety and security of our food supply.”

FY 2010 covers the period from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010.

A summary of the FDA's FY 2010 budget is available here