FDA asks for funding hike for food safety

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WASHINGTON The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it has requested a 5-percent increase in fiscal 2008 funding in part to bolster the nation’s food-safety defenses.

The agency has asked for a $10.6 million increase in its budget specifically for combatting food-borne illnesses. The money would be used to develop better ways to detect an outbreak and trace it to its source, the FDA said in a statement. In comparison, it requested $7.2 million for improving sa

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