The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) joined other food and agriculture organizations urging members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to oppose the request to assess "user fees" for federally mandated meat, poultry and egg inspection programs, which was included in the 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture budget proposal to Congress.
The food safety-tax proposal would put meat, poultry and egg products at a competitive disadvantage in the domestic and international marketplace, compared with other food and imported products not subject to this tax.
These new food safety fees will be charged directly to the meat, poultry and egg products sector, which will be forced to pass this additional cost onto tax-paying consumers. Furthermore, this proposal to transform government-funded food safety inspection into an additional fee system provides less accountability for the government to manage program costs, results or efficiencies.
"Past attempts to impose user fees have been unsuccessful, and ASI joins the other associations in asking Congress to once again reject this assessment," stated ASI Legislative Council co-chair, Bob Benson, producer leader from Indiana.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33