The FDA is asking for $6.5 billion, about an 8% increase over the previous year, for its FY 2022 budget. The budget includes a $185 investment in the agency’s critical public health infrastructure, which addresses enterprise-wide data modernization and enhanced technology to ensure that labs and facilities are safe and integrated with program needs, and capacity building. FDA is asking for $97 million to increase the development of its food and medical product safety programs. Specific areas of investment within food safety include boosting funding given to programs that address maternal and infant nutrition ($18 million); providing funds that tackle emerging food-related chemical and toxicological issues ($19.7 million); and improving the oversight of animal foods and supporting the implementation of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety Blueprint ($22 million). Accompanying FDA’s budget request are legislative proposals to enhance the agency’s authorities to protect and promote public health.