A Raw Deal For Meat Packers?

THE MEAT INDUSTRY IS tussling with the feds over the best way to root out contamination. The backdrop: public fear over food poisoning, such as the 1993 outbreak at Jack in the Box restaurants that left two customers dead. At issue: The Clinton Administration wants the industry to fork over $106 million yearly to help pay for the 9,000 inspectors who currently are on the government payroll--at no cost to meat and poultry processors. The industry is balking at the proposal, saying it's not a good use of money because the inspectors can't spot some impurities visually.

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