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Senate panel gives FDA $324.6 million boost

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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FDA would receive a $2.04 billion appropriation for fiscal 2009, including $660.5 million for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and related field activities, according to a bill the Senate Appropriations Committee passed July 17. The appropriation also includes $409.8 million for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and related field activities, The total funding in the bill would give FDA $324.6 million more than the agency received this year, and $5.2 million more than the Bush administration's request (1"The Tan Sheet" Feb. 11, 2008, p. 3). The committee recommended $155.2 million for food safety activities, including opening FDA offices overseas to improve import safety. The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee included an additional $275 million for FDA in its fiscal 2009 appropriation for a total of $2.1 billion in direct funding for the agency, but the House Appropriations Committee has yet to sign off on the funding (2"The Tan Sheet" June 23, 2008, p. 5)...
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