The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) directed FDA to collect fees on businesses that have to be re-inspected because of some noncompliance. This new requirement could unfairly penalize small businesses and even force them out of business.
FDA has published its intention to charge $224 per hour per employee for re-inspections. The same fee will apply whether you are a multi-billion dollar agribusiness or start-up artisanal producer. This hourly fee will be imposed not only for the time that FDA inspectors are actually at the facility, but also for all of their preparatory work, traveling, and paperwork.