Ag’s FSIS defends its inspector vacancies
The Agriculture Department’s Food Safety Inspection Service, March 19, defended itself against charges that vacancies in the inspector ranks have led to problems with the meat, poultry and egg products it inspects.
In a blog post, Aaron Lavallee, the deputy assistant administrator in the FSIS Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, wrote to refute a New York Times article published Feb. 20, “claiming that job vacancies in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are leading to more food recalls.”
“That’s not true,” Lavallee wrote. “The fact is, vacancies within the agency do not mean there are less inspectors on the job in our nation’s meat plants.” F
–The Hagstrom Report