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AFFI scores major victory: FDA user fees eliminated from appropriations bill.

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) scored a major victory recently when a Congressional Conference Committee, addressing specific aspects of the fiscal year (FY) 1994 appropriations, announced it eliminated the user fee provision from the Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill (H.R. 2493). This provision would have authorized the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect $175 million in user fees from the industries it regulates, including the frozen food industry.

Congress made the announcement after AFFI sent personal letters to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. In the letter, AFFI called the provision "a dramatic shift in policy" and pointed to the inconsistency of the user fee provision found in H.R. 2493. Only the Senate passed version of the bill contained the objectionable user fee provision.

"Both the House and Senate version of the bill include specific language which rejects user fees for the inspection of food products regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- this policy should be applied to all food products, including those regulated by the FDA," said AFFI President Steven C. Anderson in the letters.

AFFI reminded the members of the Conference Committee that FDA's congressionally-mandated mission is to protect public health and safety by regulating a wide variety of food and medical products, and suggested that this mission can be best accomplished with adequate public funding.

"The assessment of user fees for FDA-conducted regulatory activities on one segment of the food distribution chain amounts to nothing more than an unfairly applied tax," Anderson added.

AFFI also reiterated that having food companies subsidize the regulatory agency send the wrong message to consumers whose confidence in FDA has already been shaken in past years. Instead the U.S. Treasury should be responsible for funding programs which are designed to benefit society as a whole by protecting the health and safety of the public. FDA's regulation of the food industry is this type of program, said AFFI.

AFFI is the national trade association that has represented the interests of the frozen food industry for over 50 years. Its 550 members companies account for approximately 90 percent of the total U.S. production of frozen food.
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Title Annotation:American Frozen Food Institute; Food and Drug Administration
Publication:Frozen Food Digest
Date:Oct 1, 1993
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