FSIS User Fees Would Cost Industry $660 Million Annually
February 16, 2018

The American Sheep Industry Association this week joined with a coalition of livestock associations to ask Congress to reject proposals to assess new user fees to fund federally mandated meat, poultry or egg product inspection.

“The Food Safety and Inspection Service’s inspection activities are an inherently governmental function that should be funded through appropriated funds,” read the letter to the House Committee on Agriculture. Similar letters were sent to the Senate ag committee, and the appropriations committees for both the House and Senate.

The administration has called for establishing U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Safety Inspection Service user fees beginning in fiscal year 2020. Such user fees would cost the livestock industry approximately $660 million annually.

“We urge you to once again reject the administration’s request for authorization of these new food safety taxes and, instead, to fully fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food safety activities,” read the letter.

Joining ASI in signing the letters were the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Chicken Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Pork Producers Council, the National Turkey Federation, the North American Meat Institute and the Shelf-Stable Food Processors Association.