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Vilsack ‘Least Concerned’ About USDA Food-Safety Budget Cuts

October 04, 2011

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Food-safety programs may be less vulnerable to cuts than other areas of U.S. Department of Agriculture spending because of the importance placed on the nutrition supply, Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

“I’m least concerned about the food-safety part than any other part,” Vilsack said today at a food-policy conference in Washington. Nutrition assistance for poor families may be more vulnerable, even as it helps lower poverty, Vilsack said.

--With assistance from Molly Peterson in Washington. Editors: Daniel Enoch, Millie Munshi.

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