FDA Left Out Of $80M For Stopping Consumer Product Fraud In Latest US COVID-19 Relief Act
American Rescue Plan Act appropriated $50m to Consumer Product Safety Commission and $30.4m to Federal Trade Commission for COVID-19-related enforcement. Neither agency received funding for pandemic-related enforcement in previous relief packages.
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