Frozen Express
Jan. 10, 2012

USDA plans to shut 259 offices
The Washington Post
The U.S. Agriculture Department announced Monday it will close nearly 260 offices nationwide, including five Food Safety and Inspection Service locations. The measure won praise for cutting costs but raised concerns about the possible effect on food safety.

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