The National Treasury Employees Union says American consumers would be at increased risk if proposed cuts to the Food and Drug Administration budget take effect.

In a letter to members of the House Appropriations Committee last week, NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley said a $285 million cut

approved by the subcommittee that oversees the agency would result in decreased inspections of imported products, which would increase the risk to customers. The cut would reduce the FDA’s discretionary budget by 11.6 percent and is $572 million less than President Obama requested, according to Kelley, whose union represents FDA workers.

“The FDA has faced years of chronic underfunding while at the same time seeing more and more duties added to its mission,” Kelley said in her letter. “As frontline professionals working to protect the consumer, our members at the FDA are very much aware that the agency is lacking the resources it needs to properly protect the public and do the work it has been charged with.”