In March, President Trump submitted a Budget Blueprint for 2018, the stated goal of which is to “reprioritize Federal spending so that it advances the safety and security of the American people.”
Like many governmental agencies, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is not exempt from that reprioritization. Regarding USDA spending in 2018, the document states, “the Budget request supports core Departmental and mission critical activities while streamlining, reducing, or eliminating duplicative, redundant, or lower priority programs where the Federal role competes with the private sector or other levels of government.”
But what, exactly, do those budget cuts mean for food safety engineers, technicians, and inspectors? In part they mean that now, more than ever, food safety leaders need to step up their game and gain competitive advantage by setting and exceeding their own lofty food safety standards.