February 14, 2013

USDA food inspection threatened by automatic U.S. budget cuts

As Congressionally mandated budget cuts move closer to their Mar. 1 launch, reports are surfacing that the nation’s food inspection operations will be forced to undergo serious changes that will impact food safety and prices. A memo distributed by the White House last week indicated that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will be forced to shut down operations for as long as 15 days, a finding USDA officials confirmed to Meatingplace today. The so-called sequestration would force meat processing to shut down for the period when FSIS inspectors are idled, resulting in about $10 billion in losses for the more than 6,200 plants affected.  Read More 

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