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Senate panel to vote on food safety funding increase

September 7, 2011

WASHINGTON — A Senate appropriations panel will vote today on legislation to increase funding for food safety by $40 million to $45 million next fiscal year, The Hill reported.

The vote comes as public health advocates and some industry groups have been pressing for increased food safety funding.

The Alliance for a Stronger FDA took out ads in Capitol Hill newspapers Tuesday and Wednesday making that case.

“With responsibility for products that comprise more than 20 percent of U.S. consumer spending, the FDA oversees industries that are key to our nation''s growth and prosperity,” the ad reads. “A science-based and predictable FDA helps many industries, including food, drug, medical device and cosmetics, to innovate and create high-paying American jobs while improving our balance of trade.”