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Progress Report: Food Safety Program Increases Some Fees; Still Requires Funding From Other Sources, Report No. 03-57, October 2003
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  • The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services implemented some recommendations made in our November 2001 review of the Food Safety and Quality Program, which enabled the Division of Food Safety to move closer to self-sufficiency than in previous years.
  • However, program regulatory fees have not been increased to levels that fully support costs.  Program revenues for the Division of Food Safety and the Division of Dairy Industry will be an estimated $3.9 million short of covering expenses during Fiscal Year 2003-04. This shortfall will be subsidized by general revenue and other department programs.  To eliminate this subsidy, the Legislature would need to revise statutes to authorize the program to charge sufficient fees to cover costs.  Also, the department has not implemented our recommendations to discontinue inspecting a dairy located in Spain that is exporting commodities to Florida.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Food Safety and Quality

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 01-53 Justification Review: Some Funding Shifts Are Possible for the State’s Food Safety and Quality Program, published in November 2001.

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