Last month, President Donald Trump proposed shifting $54 billion from domestic to defense programs. One of the programs taking the hardest hit is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is expect to loss 21%, or $4.7 billion, of its spending budget for the next fiscal year. As that date of October first approaches, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) is calling for action.
In a recent letter to Congress, the NASDA, made up of appointed and elected state agricultural directors and commissioners, asked for an additional $100 million a year in funding to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Although the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is in charge of writing the rules, most of the responsibility falls on state agencies.
The NASDA writes, "The combination of problematic elements of these regulations coupled with inadequate funding for their implementation will ultimately subject producers to inconsistent and arbitrary enforcement, putting their farms in economic jeopardy while doing little, if anything to enhance food safety."
The $100 million would go to ensuring the systematic and timely implementation of the FSMA, which is primarily the state responsibility. The NASDA estimates the following funding levels for state programs are necessary:
- Produce Safety: $40 million annually for state programs
- Preventive Controls: Animal Food: $20 million annually for state programs
- Preventive Controls: Human Food: $40 million annually for state programs
The NASDA is also calling for Congress to restore funding for the State Food Safety and Inspections to $63 million, which is critical for states that provide meat inspections regulation by the USDA's Federal Safety and Inspection Service.
In order to ensure the quality and safety of food, it's important to monitoring the conditions in which the food is cooked, stored and shipped. To simply that task, MadgeTech offers data loggers to measure and record temperature and humidity of the product. To view all of the data logging solution for food processing, click here.
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Boston here we come! MadgeTech is making the quick trip to neighboring Massachusetts for the 3rd Annual New England Cannabis Convention this weekend, April 22nd and 23rd at the Hynes Convention Center. MadgeTech will be showcasing its line of data loggers designed specifically for cannabis cultivators to the more than 10,000 expected attendees.