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House Subcommittee Approves USDA, FDA FY 2019 Spending Bill.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies last week approved by voice vote the 2019 fiscal year (FY) spending bill for USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill calls for $23 billion in discretionary funding, which is $14 million higher than the 2018 enacted level. FDA's budget would increase by 10 percent or $3.1 billion. The bill includes a provision that would regulate lab-cultured protein products by directing the Secretary of Agriculture to issue regulations prescribing the type and frequency of inspection required for the manufacture and processing of such products, and to implement other requirements necessary to prevent adulteration and misbranding. The Meat Institute worked with the Appropriations Committee to craft this language. The bill now heads to the full Committee for consideration.

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