Funding for FDA Food Contact Notification Program Moves Forward in Senate

Date: Jun 22, 2006

On Tuesday, June 20, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its version of the appropriations bill to fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Funding for the FDA's Food Contact Notification (FCN) program was included in the bill, which passed out of the subcommittee on a voice vote.

As reported previously on khlaw.com, President's Budget Proposal Would End FCN Program, the Bush Administration's fiscal year 2007 budget proposal, submitted to the U.S. Congress earlier this year, did not include funding for the operation of the FCN program. On May 23, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill that directs continued funding for the FCN program. The House passed its bill (H.R. 5384) by a bipartisan vote of 378-46.

The full U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations was scheduled to markup the appropriations bill on Thursday, June 22nd. Please check back on packaginglaw.com for an update on further developments concerning this legislation.