Just run on CNN.
A friend called and I came in late in the story, so I don't have all of the details yet, but the story was that the administration has announced it's intention to CUT meat inspections.
UPDATE: Story in Chicago Tribune, Bill would reduce meat inspections, from last night says that a provision in the farm bill from July would require only state inspection, not federal.
I regret that the story is not up on their site yet. It ran during the bottom part of the hour 1:30-200 am Pacific time.
Quotes from the Chicago Tribune article, it is a Democrat that is responsible.
" Because of a little-noticed legislative change buried deep within the 2007 farm bill approved in July by the House, only state inspections would be required for some meat products.
The measure was planted in the farm bill by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), according to congressional staffers familiar with the bill. It would be a boon to small meat processing companies whose products must remain in the state of origin because they lack a federal inspection stamp.
Consumer advocates and a federal meat inspectors union oppose the measure, which is now under consideration in the Senate. They say that state inspection standards vary widely and that the federal inspection requirement ensures food safety.
Under current law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspects and regulates the interstate sale of beef and poultry. Inspectors are present in many large and medium meat plants. Some states also regulate meat production, but only for products that stay within that state's jurisdiction. "