WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has requested nearly $2.4 billion in funding to improve food inspection, and to improve safety and modernize the review of medical devices and drugs, as part of the President's 2009 budget. The funds would represent a 5.7% increase over the FDA's budget for the current fiscal year. More than $42 million of the additional funds would be spent expanding the workforce and other resources devoted to policing food-production facilities in the ...

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