A Letter to Congress Against “User Fees”

US - AMI and 28 food and agricultural groups co-signed a letter to all members of the House and Senate Tuesday in opposition to “user fees” proposed by USDA to pay for meat, poultry and egg products inspection.
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”These new food safety taxes 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,” the group wrote. “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.”

The letter also noted that the food safety tax proposal would also 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 such a tax.

“We know of no farm or industry organization that supports imposing a tax to pay for meat, poultry and egg products inspection. We urge Congress to continue to oppose proposals to assess new user fees, either in whole or in part, to fund federally mandated meat, poultry or egg products inspection,” the letter concludes.
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