Food Business News - June 7, 2011 - (Page 54)

Washington House bill cuts food safety funding The F.D.A. and the F.S.I.S. face reduced budgets under a bill passed by the Appropriations Committee Continued from Page 1 on agriculture, rural development, Food and Drug Administration and related agencies, “As is the goal of all our appropriations bills this year, this legislation reflects hard decisions to cut lower priority programs, reduce spending in programs that can be scaled back, and target funds where they are needed most so that our nation continues on the path to fiscal recovery.” Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia, chairman of the agriculture subcommittee, said of the bill, “We have taken spending to below pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels while ensuring the U.S. Department of Agriculture, F.D.A., Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other agencies are provided the necessary resources to fulfill their duties. Our members have worked to root out waste and duplication and, where they have strayed from their core mission, we rein in agencies so they may better focus on the responsibilities for which they are intended.” Democratic opposition to the bill was stiff. Representative Sam Farr of California, ranking member on the agriculture subcommittee, said in his opening statement before the full committee, “I was prepared to consider a lean bill. But this bill goes beyond lean. It’s beyond skinny. It’s downright emaciated. I think there comes a point in budget exercises when you starve the program so much, it just can’t function. I fear that’s where this bill is going.” The bill as passed by the committee would appropriate $2,172,239,000 to fund operations of the Food and Drug Administration in fiscal 2012. The proposed allocation was $284,762,000, or 12%, below approved funding of $2,457,001,000 in the current fiscal year and was $571,726,000, or 21%, below the president’s request for fiscal 2012 at $2,743,965,000. The House bill envisions user fees accounting for a greater share in the overall fiscal 2012 F.D.A. budget than either the president’s proposal for the House panel seeks reduction in W.I.C. funding in fiscal 2012 T JAY SJERVEN he House Committee on Appropriations on May 31 passed an agriculture appropriations bill that would sharply reduce spending on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children in fiscal year 2012. The bill brought before the full committee by the subcommittee on agriculture, rural development, the Food and Drug Administration and related agencies proposed $5,901,250,000 in funding to support W.I.C. operations during fiscal 2012. That level was down $832,777,000, or 12%, from $6,734,027,000 in funding approved for the current year under the continuing resolution passed in April and was down $1,408,850,000, or 19%, from President Barack Obama’s budget request for the program in fiscal 2012 of $7,390,100,000. The subcommittee leadership said, “While this is a reduction of $832 million from last year, the bill allows the secretary to utilize fiscal year 2011 carryover funds, $125 million in contingency funds and other funding options currently authorized in law to allow participants to continue to receive the benefits for which they qualify.” Democratic members of the appropriations committee asserted the cuts would prevent between 325,000 and 475,000 qualified disadvantaged individuals from receiving benefits under the nutrition program. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro of Connecticut offered an amendment to increase W.I.C. funding $147 million from the level proposed by the subcommittee based on a reduction of the same amount from an international cotton program. The amendment passed on a voice vote. FBN DeLauro amendment preserves $147 million for the program 54 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® June 7, 2011

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Food Business News - June 7, 2011
House bill cuts food safety funding
Enhancing water’s value
Wet weather muddies corn outlook
Web Contents
Editorial - Quest for ‘whole truth’ on food prices in France
MyPlate steps up in simple fashion
Breaking down MyPlate by food groups
Lawmakers look to halt sale of Lazy Cakes
McCormick to enter joint venture in India
Cal Pacifi c acquires SunOpta frozen fruit assets
Cargill Kitchen Solutions expanding in Iowa
F.M.I. hires new v.p. of food safety programs
Sealed Air to acquire Diversey for $4.3 billion
AdvancePierre Foods buys Barber Foods
Cargill acquires German chocolate business
Calavo to buy Renaissance Food Group
U.S. Foodservice acquires Great Western Meats
Clear sailing for Hain
Seneca Foods earnings down sharply in 2011
April red meat production down 4% from year ago
Sbarro now exploring alternatives to bankruptcy plan
Sherman Miller promoted to c.o.o. at Cal-Maine Foods
Nestle Health Science to acquire pharmaceutical maker
Emerging markets propel Heinz’s fi scal 2011 earnings
U.S.D.A. lowers cooking temp for some meat cuts
Campbell Soup focusing on volume sales, brand building
Buyout fi rm to acquire California Pizza Kitchen
Sanderson Farms suffers second-quarter loss
Wet weather muddies corn outlook
House bill cuts food safety funding
House panel seeks reduction in W.I.C. funding in fiscal 2012
Seeking middle market opportunities
Clear and concise
Ingredient solutions help keep it simple
Identifying natural partners for stevia
$tevia $upplier$ $eek profi t$ through international growth
Brain health for baby boomers
Bottled water volume, market share grew in 2010
Study recommends children should avoid energy, sports drinks
V8 introduces energy beverages
Smucker, Starbucks raising coffee prices
Nestle launches Aguas Frescas bottled beverage
Jamba introduces coconut water-based beverages
Enhancing water’s value
Gluten-free grains momentum
Balance Bar adds Café line
Pasta Prima launches two ravioli lines
Land O’Frost debuts Wrap Kit
Franz introduces artisan bread
Kraft launches Newtons Fruit Thins
Farley’s & Sathers adds ‘Splashers’
Häagen-Dazs introduces 2011 flavors
Mars updates Kudos granola bar line
Lifting of Russian export ban pressures world wheat market
Ingredient Markets
Packaging formats focus on convenience
Technology enables ultrasonic sealing
Ingredient’s small size aids in salt reduction
AKFP now offers arrowroot starch, pea starch
Tate & Lyle to resume U.S. sucralose production
Non-dairy ingredients achieve pareve certifi cation
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Food Business News - June 7, 2011