meat inspector furlough halted

Resolution Should Prevent Meat Inspector Furloughs

Congress passed a bill last week that should prevent the furlough of meat inspectors.

Maybe there won’t be any meat inspector furloughs [4] after all.

Congress passed a continuing resolution bill last week that would fund the governmen [5]t through the end of the current fiscal year. That resolution included an amendment from Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) that shifts $55 million from USDA accounts to pay Food Safety Inspection Service inspectors until Oct. 1. What it needs now is the signature of President Obama.

“Had inspection been halted [6], this would have resulted in a backlog of animals [7], shortened supply of beef to market, higher prices and harm to the futures markets,” says Scott George, a Wyoming cattle producer who serves as president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “By the USDA Secretary’s own estimates, this would have equated to $10 billion in production losses and $400 million in lost wages, only compounding the issues faced by ranchers dealing with the worst drought [8] in 50 years.”


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