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A food safety bill in the House will result in higher costs for consumers, says a food industry group.
Food Safety Enhancement Act creates a registry of all food facilities. All food sellers in or importing food to the US would be required to register annually with the FDA and maintain “traceability” procedures and records.
An annual $1,000 registration fee would "generate revenue for the FDA," according to Grocery marketers.
Obama's budget projects $385 million in new FDA revenue.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) says it agrees with the "broad goals" of the bill, but it also expressed concern about imposing significant new fees on food companies, which will be passed on to consumers -- "at a time when they can least afford it," GMA said.
“In addition, like many consumer groups, we are concerned about the inherent conflict of interest created by asking industry to fund government inspections," said GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey.