USDA Considers Inspection Alternative

Horsemeat processing plants in Texas and Illinois have petitioned the USDA to allow plants to pay inspectors' salaries on a per-service basis, according to Steven Cohen, a USDA spokesperson. The Nov. 23, 2005, petition was in response to the passage of the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill (section 794), which prohibits using federal funding for horsemeat inspections after March 10, 2006.

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