Senate Panel Fattens USDA Food Inspection Budget

Law360, New York (April 30, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Senate committee approved a budget for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies Thursday that would deliver $1 billion in funding for the Department of Agriculture's food inspection unit, a sum larger than the agency had requested.

The FDA would receive $2.52 billion total in fiscal year 2013 under a budget sent to the Senate floor by the Committee on Appropriations. That figure does not include funding derived from user fee programs, which Congress is working to reauthorize.

The panel granted...
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