FDA Budget Request Signals Importance Of Boosting Food Safety Programs
"You begin to see FDA telegraphing that this is important. That was lacking in the past two budgets," said Mike Greene, Council for Responsible Nutrition's chief congressional liaison. White House's budget request recommends $67m increase from FY 2019 to $1.4bn for FDA's food industry programs in CFSAN, which includes the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs, and for the Office of Regulatory Affairs' related field activities.
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