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Some Funding Shifts Are Possible for the State's Food Safety and Quality Program, Report No. 01-53, November 2001
 
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  • The Food Safety and Quality Program provides a public health benefit and should be continued.  The program is properly placed in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
  • The program has generally met its performance standards related to dairy and food safety, although it did not meet its workload standards for pesticide residue analyses and grading poultry and eggs due to workload changes.
  • To reduce costs, the department should stop inspecting a dairy located in Spain that is exporting dairy commodities to Florida, as this function is the responsibility of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • The Legislature and the department could reduce the program‘s general revenue funding needs and contribute toward department overhead costs by up to $5.4 million by increasing regulatory fees to levels that fully support program direct and indirect costs.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Forest and Resource Protection
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS)
Food Safety and Quality

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 03-57 Progress Report: Food Safety Program Increases Some Fees; Still Requires Funding From Other Sources, published in October 2003.
  • Report No. 01-60 Justification Review: Agricultural Development Program Met Standards, But Activities Should Become Financially Self-Supporting, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-51 Justification Review: General Revenue Savings Possible in Consumer Protection Program, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-36 Justification Review: Forest Protection Program Meets Most Standards; Could Achieve Further Savings, published in August 2001.
  • Report No. 96-45 Follow-Up Report on the Division of Fruit and Vegetables Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in February 1997.
  • Report No. 96-23 Follow-Up Report on the Division of Plant Industry Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in December 1996.
  • Report No. 96-10 Follow-up Report on the Division of Forestry within DACS, published in September 1996.
  • Report No. 94-11 Performance Audit of the Division of Forestry, published in October 1994.
  • Report No. 12185 Performance Audit of the Division of Animal Industry, published in November 1993.

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