Sequestration Could Sideline USDA Food Safety Inspectors

WASHINGTON — The looming sequestration budget cuts include the possibility that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will furlough its food safety inspectors for two weeks, an action industry groups say would “effectively shutter meat, poultry and egg products plants.”

Unless Congress can agree on less severe across-the-board spending cuts by March 1, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the agency would be forced to furlough Food Safety and Inspection Service insp

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