11/01/2012 08:44 am ET

USDA Has Quietly Axed 60 Percent Of Foreign Meat Inspections Since 2008

Sending U.S. Department of Agriculture officials overseas to inspect meat and poultry plants whose products are destined for American consumers has long been a bedrock of our modern import safety system, but an investigation by Food Safety News found, the number of countries audited by U.S. officials each year has declined by more than 60 percent since 2008.

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