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FSIS Stands by Poultry Rule
Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent
Thu Sep 5, 2013 11:45 AM CDT

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service will not withdraw its proposed rule to make changes to poultry inspections despite a Government Accountability Office report criticizing the way FSIS has handled pilot projects that led up to the rule, a USDA official said Wednesday.

"This is about public health," Agriculture Undersecretary for Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen told DTN on Wednesday, noting that the rule is based on more than the poultry inspection pilot projects that GAO analyzed. "We are focusing on the things that matter, not things we thought mattered in the '50s. We've got to ...

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