Dire straits for the US Dept of Agriculture after sequestration

As a result of the automatic budget cuts in the United States known as “the sequester,” the United States Department of Agriculture will likely be forced to impose temporary layoffs on meat inspectors. 

The United States food industry argues that the government has a legal obligation to continue meat inspection despite the cuts, but the US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack argues that he has no choice:

“There will be disruption in [the meat inspection] process … Make no mistake about it, there is not enough flexibility in the sequester language for me to move money around to avoid furloughs of food inspectors.”

This move would effectively shut down meat and poultry production all across the United States.

The article in the link above comes from the Food Safety News portal.  Go back to Food Safety News to read more about sequestration and meat inspection.

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