Sequester to reduce FDA food inspections, official says

April 24, 2013 11:13 PM

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Sequester to reduce FDA food inspections, official says

The Food and Drug Administration will conduct fewer food safety inspections this year because of the government sequester, commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY.

While consumers may not feel the impact immediately, the loss of $209 million from its budget will force the agency to conduct about 2,100 fewer inspections, an 18% decline compared to last year.

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