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In Congressional testimony, National Food Processors Association President John Cady voiced support for increased funding of food safety inspection programs, with priority given to research, risk assessment, education and surveillance. "Such priority setting will ensure that the Agency's limited resources will be targeted toward reducing risk associated with food borne illness," Cady said. He also noted that NFPA supports adequate resources for the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), but added that further reforms are needed at the agency to ensure that "unnecessary layers of regulation are promptly removed." In particular, Cady took issue with new user fees contained in the administration's FY 2002 budget which he says have not been authorized by Congress. Cady noted that Congress has not authorized the fees, paid by food processors, in the past and he urged lawmakers to reject them this time as well.