NEWARK, N.J. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is likely to get more funding for inspections in the next year or two, following a report that described the agency’s resources as woefully inadequate, according to presenters at a seminar on food imports here yesterday. “There is a likelihood of some change coming, and more funding for the FDA — and with more funding comes more enforcement,” said Robert Hahn, a principal at Olsson Frank Weeda, the Washington law firm affiliated with The Food Institute, Elmwood Park, N.J., which staged the seminar. Among other topics addressed at the seminar, Hahn said, meetings this week between trade officials from Washington and Beijing could result in a new agreement on imports from China. The Asian nation, which was the source of several product-contamination scandals over the past year, appears eager to gain approval to export raw chicken to the U.S., Hahn said. “If they don't get that approval, there could be retaliation against U.S. products,” he said.
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