Asking the FDA to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act and then cutting their budget by 11.5% is like handing a neurosurgeon a butter knife and saying “Go to it”. The purpose of the FSMA was to move the FDA from containing food safety incidents to actively working to prevent them. In order to do this the FDA needs more inspectors. Inspectors mean more money not less.
It’s almost as if those members of Congress that were lukewarm on the FSMA were told “Get your points for voting for safe food but don’t worry about more regulations, etc. because we won’t fund it.” What a blatant deception.