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Administration Proposes User Fees for Second- and Third-Shift Meat and Poultry Inspection; Annual Plant Registration Fees

Monday, February 4, 2002

The Bush Administration today unveiled its budget priorities for USDA/FSIS in its FY 2003 budget blueprint and has proposed to replace the existing overtime fee schedule for meat and poultry inspection with a revised structure that will include user fees for some inspection services.

The proposal would reduce current overtime rates and charge user fees to plants for inspection services currently provided to those plants without reimbursement for second and third shifts. The budget also includes a proposal to assess an annual licensing fee for meat, poultry and egg products establishments. As the details of the proposed licensing fee become available, AMI will post them on this site.

The Administration also proposed an overall program level of $905 million for FSIS to ensure the safety of federally inspected meat, poultry and egg products. This represents a $28 million increase for the Agency from FY 2002 to support food safety activities, including maintaining partial funding of the approximately 7,600 meat, poultry and egg products inspectors. The proposed increase also includes $14.5 million to improve the information technology infrastructure of the Agency to support implementation of risk management systems and resource allocation to maximize food safety. An increase of $2.7 million is proposed to conduct slaughter epidemiological surveys and risk prevention activities for small and very small establishments.

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