Spending for the FDA would increase by 15 percent under the Appropriations Act, to $2.3 billion, partly to help fund additional food safety measures introduced by the Food Safety Enhancement Act which passed through the House the last week of July. In May, the Obama Administration had requested a $3.2 billion FDA budget, or a 19 percent increase. Almost half of the budget for the two agencies, which covers funding for the financial year starting October 1, would provide extra support for government nutrition programs, as use of food stamps has risen to an all-time high. Nearly 34 million people received food stamps in April of this year. The budget, which passed the Senate with a vote of 80-17, also includes provisions for farm supports and land conservation.

(Source: FoodNavigator-USA.com)