The Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for a Stronger FDA — with members including Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association, and Washington, D.C.-based Grocery Manufacturers Association — expressed concern that the increase in FDA funding did not come from appropriated general funds.
“We believe that FDA’s funding should be increased to reflect the agency’s vast responsibilities and increased workload,” Margaret Anderson, president of the alliance said in a news release.
Glenn Boyet, senior director of public relations for PMA, said in an email that Congress considered rejected user fees in the Food Safety Modernization Act. “PMA opposes (user fees) and Congress is very unlikely to revisit the issue as it would require statutory change,” Boyet said.
In other budget items, the White House request includes an increase of $17 million above the 2012 budget to support the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ role in implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act. The funds will be used to improve detection and tracking of foodborne illnesses, according to the budget document. The CDC also will support five integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence throughout the country at state health departments, according to a news release.