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Shutdown deepens frustrations for USDA food safety inspectors

Latest impasse shines light on staffing shortages

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Federal meat, poultry and egg inspectors remain on the job despite the ongoing government shutdown and continue to monitor food safety at more than 6,200 facilities across the country. There have been no clear signs of adverse impacts on inspection activities, but working without pay is adding stress to inspectors who already feel undervalued and overworked and cracks in the system might not be far away, according to several experts who spoke to IEG Policy


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