AGRIBUSINESS: Fiscal Year Starts Strong For Meat Inspection

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With the sequester, USDA’s meat and poultry inspectors are looking at less work, but whatever work they get done will most likely be compared with the work they did in the last quarter of 2012.

The government considers October 1 to December 31 the first quarter of its fiscal year. In that time last year, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reports inspecting more than 39 million head of livestock and more than 2 billion chickens and turkeys. Volumes were up for livestock, but down slightly for poultry.

FSIS inspectors condemned carcasses of more than 60-thousand head of livestock and more than 7.7 million of poultry during that same time. Also, FSIS personnel performed more than 1.6 million verification procedures checking on plant operations - finding overall compliance at 98.6%.