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More Funding for the FDA?

Here’s a perplexing nugget from the newswire. President Bush wants to increase funding for FDA food safety. Reuters reports:
The Bush administration on Monday proposed boosting funding to better protect the food supply, including opening an office in China.


In its fiscal 2009 budget, the White House proposed raising expenditures for food programs at the Food and Drug Administration to $543 million from an estimated $510 million in the prior year.

Overall, the White House requested an FDA budget of $2.4 billion for the 2009 fiscal year starting October 1, up only slightly from fiscal 2008.

Food safety has been a growing worry for U.S. consumers with reports of tainted bagged spinach and peanut butter along with a range of scares involving food and toys from China.
Odd, because I thought the FDA doesn't know what they needed to do their jobs. Reuters reported last week:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's failure to discuss clearly its strategy and the money needed to better protect the country's food supply could make it harder for a plan to succeed, a congressional watchdog agency told lawmakers on Tuesday.


Last November, the Bush administration proposed stronger rules to better protect the country's food supply. Some of the proposals require approval from Congress.

The Government Accountability Office said while the food safety inspection plan "proposes several positive first steps," it has failed to explain what resources and how much additional funding it will need to implement it.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be too quick to give these knuckleheads MORE money!
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