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CFSAN FY 2002 Budget Proposes $1.1 Mil. For BSE Food, Cosmetics Review

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

President Bush's FY 2002 budget proposal for FDA allocates $1.1 mil. for expanded monitoring efforts at the Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition to "identify food and cosmetic products containing brain, spinal cord and other specific risk material" potentially related to bovine-spongiform encephalopathy.

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