The American Meat Institute (AMI) joined more than 45 agriculture and food industry organizations in calling on Congress to reject the Obama administration's request for user fees as part of its Fiscal Year 2013 USDA budget proposal.
USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) budget summary includes the administration's intent to submit legislation that will establish these new user fees or taxes. The two proposed new taxes include:
- A user fee collected from plants for additional inspections and related activities made necessary due to the failure in performance by the covered establishment;
- A food safety services user fee that would recover a part of the cost of providing FSIS-related services at covered establishments and plants, as determined by the USDA Secretary and based on the facility size.