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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:21 PM CST

The American Meat Institute is pushing back on the idea that thousands of USDA meat inspectors must be furloughed because of the impact of sequestration cuts.

In statements released Friday, the White House and USDA cited that food inspections at facilities such as meatpacking plants would be cut due to the impacts of sequestration. USDA cited that packing plants would have to idle during inspector furloughs, costing hundreds of millions of dollars to the meatpacking industry. Inspectors could face as long as 15 days of furloughs at the Food Safety Inspection Service.

Responding in a statement, AMI President J. Patrick ...

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