President seeks more food safety funding for FDA

first_img FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach told reporters that the extra funding would allow the agency to hire 490 more people than it had originally planned, which represents a 15% increase that will allow the agency to “rebuild the workforce and intellectual capital.” Apr 1 CIDRAP News story “FDA seeks comments on food safety plan” “Combined with crucial legislative proposals, this increase will allow the FDA to continue to transform its regulatory strategies to meet the challenges of the evolving global marketplace,” Leavitt said in a press release yesterday from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “These are opportunities for us to take our science to the level that is needed to address the kind of outbreaks that we see today, even with regards to the Salmonella outbreak in tomatoes,” he said. Since the release of the plan, the FDA has held several stakeholder meetings to solicit feedback on the plan, and on Apr 1 announced that it was seeking public comment on the plan through Jul 30. Jun 9 HHS press release He said the extra funding would, for example, help establish import safety offices in China, India, and Central America, permit more risk-based inspections, improve trace-back investigations, and expand lab capacity. Jun 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announced yesterday that the Bush administration has boosted its fiscal year 2009 budget request by $275 million to increase funds for new food and medical product safety initiatives at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In an evening conference call with the media, Leavitt said the proposal would raise the total proposed increase in the FDA’s’ 2009 budget request to $404.7 million, a 17.8% increase from 2008. He said the extra funding would be offset by reductions in other federal discretionary funding. In November, in the wake of several high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks and problems with imported products, HHS proposed a wide-ranging food safety plan containing 14 broad recommendations and 50 action steps to address the concerns. Some would require new authorities from Congress, such as the power to mandate food recalls when companies don’t initiate them voluntarily. “These changes require new resources,” Leavitt told reporters. “For the health of the American people, we need Congress to act on these commonsense proposals.” Apr 30 CIDRAP News story “Health group urges overhaul of US food safety program” He said it’s still not clear what specific amount would go toward implementing each specific part of the FDA’s proposed food protection plan. Congress will be able to react more appropriately when it sees links between the plan and the needed funding, Levi said. See also: Jeff Levi, executive director of TFAH, praised the budget amendment to increase funds for the FDA. “It’s always great when this administration asks for more money for public health,” he told CIDRAP News. Of the extra $275 million requested, about $125 million is for the FDA’s food protection plan, $100 million is for improving drug, device, and biologics safety, and $50 million would go toward modernizing the FDA’s scientific capabilities and workforce, according to the HHS press release. In late April, Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington, DC, issued a report that detailed a long list of problems at the FDA, including severe underfunding. The report recommended that Congress double FDA funding over the next 5 years.last_img read more

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VETERAN WALKS FOR CHARITY

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– A Detroit football icon passed through Alpena today. He’s walking across the state to raise money for several Michigan charities.If you’re a Detroit Lions fan, you’ve likely seen Michael Rollins in the bleachers. You might know him by his alter ego: the Reverend of Roar. This musician, sound engineer, and former marine uses his theatre skills pump up crowds on game day. This week, Michael has taken those skills on the road, walking down U.S. 23 on a journey to ford field.While at a benefit event in de tour, he learned that his car had broken down and would take three weeks to repair. That’s when an idea started to form in his head. “The theatre brought me in, the marine core made me a man, and we were putting [the earlier charity event] together for the [Eastern Upper Peninsula Hospice]. So I want to pull the E.U.P. Hospital {sic}, the Planet Ant Theatre down in Tramhamck, and the NFL Wounded Warrior project. And we’ve got three great charities and one great walk.”You can find him streaming his journey on Facebook and Instagram, both of which have links to his GoFundMe me for the walk. Even though it’s an arduous journey, Michael says he’s reinvigorated when he sees people donating and cheering him on. He has currently raised over $5,000.00.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Tawas Point Lighthouse to Remain ClosedNext Local Teen Hosts Board Game Onlinelast_img read more

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