FDA Commissioner: budget cuts mean less safe food

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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:14 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer food safety inspections and an increased risk to consumers will result from the lack of a new 2013 budget from Congress and the upcoming across-the-board spending cuts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Thursday.

The cuts are scheduled to take effect Friday unless the White House and Congress can come to a budget agreement. The reduced inspections and budget cuts could delay a new food safety law which requires the agency to boost inspections and directs farms and food facilities to ensure their food is safe.

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