As federal agencies duke it out over the automatic budget cuts called sequestration, one arena has come out relatively unscathed: food safety.
The Food and Drug Administration will not reduce food inspections because of budget cuts, despite warning last week it could be forced to eliminate thousands of inspections by Sept. 30.
“Our goal is to absorb the cuts without a risk to public health. We are working to manage the budget reductions through other mechanisms,” FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess said.
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