USDA had provided greater details on how it plans to furlough meat and poultry inspectors because of sequestration.  Under Secretary of Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen testified before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee that the proposed plan includes 11 furlough days, no more than one day a week and no more than two days per pay period, scheduled from July to September.  Furloughs will be required of all 9,212 FSIS employees, including 8,136 meat inspectors and lab technicians.  

 

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