A coalition of 41 organizations has sent a letter to U.S. Senate and House leaders opposing new "user fees" for inspection activities proposed in USDA’s FY2014 budget.  The new Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) fees would be charged based on "sample failures" or activities due to "regulatory non-compliance" and are estimated to generate $4 million in new revenue for the department.  Those signing the letter included the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Meat Institute, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Farmers Union, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, North American Meat Association and the Snack Food Association.  

 

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