September 17, 2008
Testifying Before Congress, Trust for America’s Health Urges FDA Spending Cap Until Realistic Budget Request is Made
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jeffrey Levi, Executive Director of Trust for America's Health (TFAH), testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies today. TFAH has long advocated increases in the FDA's budget, staff, accountability and transparency. Levi urged the FDA to provide a specific budget request to Congress for its "Food Protection Plan," the modernization strategy it announced in November 2007. The FDA has not yet told Congress how it would spend funds to implement their improvement plan.
Levi testified before the committee, "Anyone who picked up a newspaper in the summer of 2008 knows America's federal food safety system is broken. Too many people got sick and too many millions of dollars were lost from American businesses before the real problem was correctly identified. More than ever, the American people deserve an FDA with the plan and resources it needs to protect them."
TFAH's recent report on the food safety system can be found at: http://healthyamericans.org/. The salmonella outbreak over the summer underscored the importance of modernizing the agency. Approximately 76 million Americans -- one in four -- are sickened by foodborne disease each year. Of these, an estimated 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die, costing the U.S. $44 billion annually.
Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. http://www.healthyamericans.org/
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