The American Frozen Food Institute expressed its displeasure with the Obama administration’s proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which the organization says decreases funding for FDA food safety programs and burdens food manufacturers and consumers with new taxes and fees.

“Food safety is the highest priority for America’s frozen food and beverage makers,” says AFFI. “Providing sufficient federal resources to adequately fund FDA’s critical food safety activities without increasing costs for consumers and food makers is of paramount importance. The frozen food and beverage community is disappointed that the administration is placing greater significance on new user fees, which have been repeatedly rejected by Congress. We urge Congress to again reject these new user fees and provide sufficient funding for FDA food safety activities through the Congressional appropriations process.”