FOOD SAFETY
There could be an estimated 2,100 fewer food safety inspections and increased risks to consumers because of the cuts and the fact that lack of a new 2013 budget means the Food and Drug ... more 
FOOD SAFETY
There could be an estimated 2,100 fewer food safety inspections and increased risks to consumers because of the cuts and the fact that lack of a new 2013 budget means the Food and Drug Administration is held at last year's spending level. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says most of the effects wouldn't be felt for a while, and the agency won't have to furlough workers. On meat inspections, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that it will be "several months" before meat inspectors are furloughed as part of across-the-board spending cuts that took effect last week. He said that each meat inspector will likely be furloughed 11 or 12 days, instead of 15 days as the Obama administration indicated earlier. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) less 
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Associated Press
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 2:00 PM EST