Meat and Poultry Industry News

Meat industry wants FSIS inspectors exempted from government shutdown

April 7, 2011
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
The meatpacking industry hopes federal inspectors would be exempt from furloughs if the government shuts down. Meat processors can’t operate without the inspectors on the job. But Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that he won’t tell the companies before the inspectors are notified.

Vilsack told reporters that there is an exemption for workers who are critical to public safety but he stopped short of saying that would apply to meat inspectors, reports the Des Moines Register.

The American Meat Institute said shutting down the industry could cost the economy $3 billion a day. “The longer a shutdown is in place, the greater the negative impact throughout the meat and poultry supply chain and ancillary industries,” said J. Patrick Boyle, president of the group.

Meat inspectors should be exempt from furloughs because “they play a critical role in protecting the health and safety of individuals,” Boyle said.

Source: Des Moines Register

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries


Brenneman analyzes Butterball’s new animal care, well-being program

Rod Brenneman, CEO of Butterball, discusses his company's new Animal Care and Well-Being Program, his company's certification by the American Humane Association and further animal-handling initiatives, all officially announced in September 2013.

More Podcasts

National Provisioner

10-14 NP cover

October 2014

Check out the October 2014 issue of The National Provisioner, featuring our annual State of the Industry reports!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Independent Processor

October 2014 IP cover

October 2014

Check out the October 2014 issue of Independent Processor, with features on private labels, and the newest bacon trends!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Provisioner Store

The National Provisioner Source Book

The Sourcebook is an exclusive buyer’s guide and reference tool for product and supplier information in the meat, poultry and seafood marketplace.

More Products


A complete reference guide to supplies. Go to NP's Sourcebook now to check out the latest and greatest in the meat and poultry processing business.


Facebook icon Twitter icon  YouTube iconLinkedIn icon google +

Vertical Sector Focus: Critical Infrastructures

criticalhomepagethumbFrom terrorism to vandalism, it’s preparedness, response, training and partnerships. Learn about some of the critical security issues facing this sector.

Visit the Critical Infrastructure page to read more.