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Vilsack Warns of Furloughs
Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent
Wed Feb 13, 2013 05:02 PM CST

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service will have to furlough meat, poultry and egg product inspectors if sequestration goes into effect, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote the American Meat Institute on Tuesday. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association also raised concerns about the furlough.

AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle had written Vilsack and President Barack Obama that USDA has a "statutory obligation" to keep FSIS inspectors on the job.

Vilsack replied that FSIS has already cut expenses to try to shorten the furloughs by half, but will have to enact them.

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