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User fees

The proposed 2005 federal budget submitted to Congress by the Bush administration contains user fees for food processing facilities and for meat and poultry inspection.
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Such fees have been included in budgets of past administrations but Congress has always rejected them agreeing with the food industry that food safety programs are a legitimate function of government and should be funded by taxpayer dollars.

The food industry vowed to work with Congress to see that these user fees meet a similar fate. Budget shortfalls and the upcoming presidential election are likely to play a role in the debate.

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