30 Jun '11, 9pm

House Passes Huge Cuts to Food Safety

The House has just cleared the new agriculture appropriations for the 2012 fiscal year. The new budget will include some rather significant cuts to federal food safety programs, according to Food Safety News . The FDA will take on the biggest cuts including a $285 million cut from the budget. Specifically, an 11.5 percent cut in discretionary funding as well as an $87 million cut to food safety programs. The USDA will take less dramatic hits including a $35 million overall cut and a 4 percent cut from meat, poultry, and egg inspection , according to the story . This comes on the heels of the widespread e. coli tragedy in Europe , considered one of the worst in history. Food safety reformers are calling this a huge misstep and fear an equally devastating outbreak in the U.S. with such huge cuts to overall food safety programs. "This sort of fatal outbreak could all too easi...

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