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USDA Reduces Safety Audits
Fri Jan 25, 2013 03:23 PM CST

(Dow Jones) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cut the number of food-safety audits it conducts on foreign countries that ship meat to the U.S. as part of an overhaul the agency says will allow it to focus on the riskiest imports.

USDA officials are now only conducting audits of safety laws in meat-exporting countries at least once every three years instead of on a mandatory annual basis, the agency said Friday, a move critics say could reduce the safety of imported meat.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D., Conn.), one of those critics, expressed alarm that USDA had already changed ...

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