Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who also represents the poorest and most rural district in the nation, said at a hearing last month on the FDA budget "that he was concerned about the size of the agency’s overall budget request and that the request for more than $100 million for the food safety law 'will be tough to swallow,'" Nixon writes.
"The food safety law puts the burden on food companies to make sure that their products are safe, instead of relying largely on inspectors from the understaffed FDA," Nixon writes. "It requires better record-keeping, contingency plans for handling outbreaks and measures to prevent the spread of contaminants. It also gives the agency the power to issue recalls, something it could not do previously." (Read more)