Too Close For Comfort

As March 1 Deadline Nears, Officials Worry Furloughs Could Hurt Industry

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Posted: February 19, 2013

Butchered meat hangs in cold storage at T&E Meats on Monday. Meat and poultry processors are concerned that if Congress fails to reach a budget deal, USDA inspectors will be furloughed. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Danny Stone cleans off a table after a day of butchering at T&E Meats on Monday. T&E Meats stands to lose thousands of dollars if USDA inspectors are furloughed next month. Those furloughs might happen if Congress fails to reach a budget deal by March 1.
HARRISONBURG — Looming federal budget cuts that would effectively shut down local meat and poultry processing plants for up to 15 days are causing serious concerns for the central Valley food…

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