It’s that time of year when agency and department heads appear before Congressional committees to discuss their budget requests.  For FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. that means justifying  FDA’s 2023 food safety and nutrition budgets after deficiencies in those programs were called out by Politico, a national news

Continue Reading $76 million more for food safety sought by FDA Commissioner Califf


 Editor’s note: The Alliance for a Stronger FDA recently offered this analysis of the Food and Drug Administration’s FY 2021 funding.

The current fiscal year (FY) 2021 Continuing Resolution runs through Dec. 11. So either (1) action on funding bills will be completed by that date, (2) another short
Continue Reading Continuing funding for FDA complicated by congressional options


Tomorrow some of the fuzzy math related to the government’s operational status will come into clear focus for many so called non-essential federal employees when they don’t get paid.

Nuances of federal funding mean some administrators and employees have been and will continue to work and will continue to
Continue Reading Beach Beat: Is food safety essential to public safety? Good question

Here’s the situation regarding food safety on Day 13 of the partial government shutdown: As yet, there are no worries.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are operating because their budgets went through the regular appropriations process. Also, there are the about 2,700 state and local health departments
Continue Reading Crucial federal food safety inspections, recalls, investigations continue despite partial shutdown of government

The Alliance for a Stronger FDA — which unites consumers, patient groups and industry in advocating for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) funding — Wednesday thanked the U.S. House appropriators for moving legislation forward that would provide a significant funding increase for the FDA.

The added funds would enable FDA
Continue Reading House bill would boost FDA funding to more than $300 million

Editor’s note: This column includes information from an “Advocacy at a Glance” posting by the Alliance for a Stronger FDA and analysis and commentary by Steven Grossman, deputy executive director of the alliance, both republished here with permission.

President Donald Trump is proposing shifting $54 billion from domestic to defense
Continue Reading More money for military defense means less for food defense