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FDA Seeks to Invest in Foodborne Illness Prevention, Medical Product Safety and Countermeasures
Date:2/14/2011

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting a budget of $4.3 billion to protect and promote the public health as part of the President's fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget — a 33 percent increase over the FDA enacted budget for FY 2010. The FY 2012 request covers the period of Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012.  

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"FDA protects and promotes the health of all Americans through every stage of life," said Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., commissioner of food and drugs. "The breadth of this mandate means that FDA responsibilities continue to grow. The new budget contains new resources so that FDA can fulfill its growing responsibilities to the American public."

The FDA 2012 budget proposes four critical initiatives and increases:

  • Transforming Food Safety and Nutrition ($324 million) Initiative: With this increase, FDA will begin to implement the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act and also empower Americans to make healthier food choices. FDA will establish a prevention-focused food safety system and leverage the valuable work of FDA's state and local food safety partners. The result will be a stronger, more reliable food safety system to protect American consumers. FDA will also empower Americans to make more healthful food choices through menu and vending machine labeling.
  • Advancing Medical Countermeasures ($70 million) Initiative: This increase will ensure that FDA can support the development of medical countermeasures (MCMs) to respond to serious national security threats – chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, as well as naturally emerging diseases such as pandemic influenza. With this initiative, FDA will enhance its review of countermeasures and develop and
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