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USDA Meat Inspectors Report Enforcement Actions for Quarter

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Fines and probationary sentences for selling uninspected meat products top the enforcement report for the last quarter of enforcement activity by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS). USDA’s meat inspectors use criminal, civil and administrative actions to police the safety of America’s meat, poultry and eggs. FSIS issues a quarterly report on these activities,… Continue Reading

Congress Passes Bill to Avert Meat Inspector Furloughs

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The House on Thursday passed a continuing resolution that will head off furloughs for U.S. meat inspectors that would have taken place this summer as a result of the sequester. The measure, introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), passed the House by a vote of 318 to 109 today after breezing through… Continue Reading

Senate Approves Measure to Avoid Meat Inspector Furloughs

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The Senate on Wednesday approved an amendment to avoid meat inspector furloughs that were slated to occur under the current across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester. Introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), the measure would redirect $55 million from other areas of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget to the… Continue Reading

All Federal Meat Inspectors To Be Furloughed on 11 Scheduled Days

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The nation’s meat inspectors  will be forced to take the same days off, possibility shutting down the U.S. meat industry on those dates, the House Agriculture Subcommittee learned Wednesday. In an exchange with USDA Under Secretary For Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen, the committee heard details of the administration’s plan for 11 furlough days that might… Continue Reading

USDA Meat & Poultry Inspectors Start Year With Brisk Business

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With tomorrow’s sequester, USDA’s meat and poultry inspectors are supposed to see less work, but what they do accomplish will likely be measured against what they did during the last quarter of 2012. The federal government actually calls the period ending Dec. 31 the first quarter of its fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. In… Continue Reading