Food Safety:

Overview of Food Safety and Inspection Service and Food and Drug Administration Expenditures

T-RCED-00-300: Published: Sep 20, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2000.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed food safety expenditures by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), focusing on: (1) the amount of resources available to FSIS and FDA for food safety activities; (2) how these resources were expended by the agencies; and (3) how much the states, territories, and District of Columbia expended on food safety activities.

GAO noted that: (1) FSIS and FDA in aggregate expended almost $1 billion in fiscal year (FY) 1998 and again in FY 1999 on food safety activities; (2) in FY 1999, FSIS expended about $712 million, of which 16 percent was for headquarters activities and 84 percent for field activities associated with overseeing more than 6,000 meat, poultry, egg product and import establishments; (3) FDA expended about $260 million on food safety activities in FY 1999, of which 44 percent was for headquarters activities and 56 percent for field activities associated with overseeing an estimated 57,000 food establishments and over 9,000 animal drug and feed establishments, and ensuring the safety of FDA-regulated imported foods; and (4) GAO found similar expenditures for FSIS and FDA in FY 1998.

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