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Food safety continues to be under the budget knife in Alaska

Alaska’s food safety budgets are taking more cuts as the state tries to close a $4 billion budget deficit caused by low oil prices. Another proposed cut of $268,000 is going to mean fewer restaurant inspections and reduced surveillance for food borne diseases. The further reduction in spending comes after last year’s $624,000 funding cut… Continue Reading

Mississippi restaurant inspectors working from homes, cars

Mississippi restaurants will be inspected less often as inspectors are being told to work from home now that their offices have been closed by a financially strapped Mississippi Department of Health. Cuts in restaurant inspection are just part of the 13.6 percent cut, reducing the department’s overall budget to $63.1 million. The Mississippi Department of… Continue Reading

Survey: Staff Cuts Still Plague State and Local Food Safety Agencies

If you thought the nation’s slow economic recovery would be enough to reverse job losses at state and local health districts overseeing food safety, you would be wrong. In a beefed-up version of its annual survey, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) found that state and local health districts cut 3,400… Continue Reading

OMB Report Asks Congress to Avoid Sequestration

FDA would take $318 million cut; FSIS $86 million

The sequestration slated to take effect at the first of the year is “bad policy,” and Congress should avoid it by taking action on deficit reduction, says a recent analysis by the White House Office of Management and Budget. A nearly 400 page document released late last week by the administration warns of the impact… Continue Reading

Curtailed Funds Continue to Hurt Local Public Health

Since 2008, local public health departments in the United States have lost nearly 40,000 employees, and the situation continues to deteriorate, according to the most recent survey, conducted in January and February, by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). One health official told NACCHO that “fiscal year 2013 is shaping up… Continue Reading

A Budget Cut Only the Produce Industry Could Love

You’ve probably never heard of the Microbiological Data Program (MDP) but if you eat fresh produce, you should, because it’s currently on President Obama’s budgetary chopping block. The MDP is a small ($5 million annually) pathogen monitoring program tucked away in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It tests fruits and vegetables for deadly bugs like… Continue Reading