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Congress Unveils Spending Bill for Food Safety

<p>Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released the consolidated appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014 on Monday, which includes funding for food safety and regulatory agencies.</p>

WASHINGTONMembers of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees released the consolidated appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014 on Monday, which includes funding for food safety and regulatory agencies.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will receive $2.55 billion in discretionary funding, with an additional $1.79 billion from user fees. The bill provides USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service $1.01 billion and allows for another $1 million to come from laboratory accreditation fees. And the Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN) will receive $900 million.

The $1.1 trillion bill will provide funding in all arenas of the federal government, including education, national defense and transportation.

In 2011, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a spending bill to boost FDA's budget by more than $50 million in 2012, to help implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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