WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has requested nearly $2.4 billion to improve food protection, modernize drug safety and improve the safety and review of medical devices as part of President Bush’s 2009 budget. If the funds are granted, they will amount to a 5.7% increase over the FDA’s budget for the current fiscal year. The agency has said it would spend $42.2 million of the additional funds on devoting more workforce and resources to policing food production and handling ...

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