AMI again opposes proposed user fees for meat inspection

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The Obama Administration this week released its budget proposal for FY 2012, which once again proposes user fees for basic inspection services and for repeat inspections triggered by non-compliance. According to the proposed budget, the user fees would generate $11 million from the regulated industry in 2012.

“AMI continues to stand strong in our opposition to meat and poultry inspection user fees, which have been rightfully rejected by Congress time and time again,” said American Meat Institute (AMI)  President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. “If passed, these fees would ultimately pick the pocket of the American consumer, who has already been taxed once for the operating budget of government’s food safety program. Meat inspection is a mandated federal program which benefits public health and should be paid for by the federal government.”

A $5.5 million increase is being sought for expanded regulatory sampling, including an additional baseline study and $700,000 for non-O157 STEC testing.

The Administration is seeking aa$14.5 million for the Animal Disease Traceability program, which is the rebranded National Animal ID System. FY11 funding for the program was $8.9 million.

It is also requesting for $34 million for the Market News program; $200 million for the Market Access Program (MAP); $34.5 million for the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD); and $10 million for the Emerging Markets Program (EMP). These are all consistent with FY11 spending .The budget includes $20 million for the new National Export Initiative, which seeks to double exports over the next 5 years.

The budget requests a $2 million increase for the Packers & Stockyards program, and is once again requesting legislative authority to collect a licensing fee on entities regulated under the Packers & Stockyards Act.

To view the FY2012 budget proposal for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), click here: http://www.meatami.com/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/66796

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