No USDA inspectors mean food plants could shut down

NOBLESVILLE – Frank Violi is the president and owner of Butterfield Foods in Noblesville. He produces food in bulk then packs it and ships it to restaurants and supermarkets.

“We make soups, sauces, side dishes, cooked protein and salads,” said Violi.

If he’s making a product with meat that will be shipped across state lines, a USDA food inspector must be on site to supervise the production.

“But they also inspect your paperwork to make sure we’re complying with all food safety regulations that the government has plus all of the programs we have written up to demonstrate we’re in compliance with the government,” Violi said.

But there’s a problem looming. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it has to cut$ 2 billion from its budget because of the federal sequester. To do that, it would have furlough USDA food inspectors—a move that could affect the food supply.

“What I’m concerned about is what would happen to the packing plants that send us the beef that we buy because they’re USDA inspected facilities as well,” said Violi, who wonders about a food disruption along the food chain.

“This is pretty ridiculous because the way the laws are written we can’t operate and produce meat to ship across state lines unless we have USDA food safety personnel on site and if the government is not going to allow them to do their job, we can’t comply with the law which means we’re shut down which is pretty ridiculous,” Violi said.

That could mean higher prices for consumers. Violi hopes it doesn’t come to that and Congress makes a deal.

“Exactly, just work it out,” said Violi.

14 comments

  • GUEST

    MAN, IM SO SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING THAT THIS SEQUESTER IS OBAMA'S FAULT… WHEN ARE YALL GOIN WAKE UP AND SAY HEY THIS 1 MAN CAN'T AND COULDN'T HAVE CAUSED ALL THIS MESS. ITS US AS A WHOLE WHO HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO WORK WITH AND FOR 1 ANOTHER… NO WONDER THE KIDS DONT LISTEN TO YALL EITHER BECAUSE YALL CONGRESS PPL ARE ACTING LIKE KIDS YALL SELF..GET IT TOGETHER AND STOP POINTING THE FINGER AT A BLACK MAN (PRESIDENT). YALL SURE DIDN'T POINT NO FINGERS AT BUSH WHEN YALL KNEW HE WAS (F) ING UP THE US BUT WAITED TIL HE WAS NO LONGER IN OFFICE AND HIS MOVES REALLY STARTED TO SHOW AND AFFECT US HERE IN THE US… SO GUESS WHAT BLAME CONGRESS OR GOP……

    • WILL

      sorry dude but the black president u say IS NOT BLACK!!!!! GET OF THE RACE CARD U FOOL WAKE THE HECK UP………………OBAMA'S RACE IS BLACK/WHITE BROWN SKIN COLOR STOP CRYING LIKE A LITTLE CRY BABY…..U KNOW HE HAS BEEN IN OFFICE FOR 5 YRS YES ITS OBAMA'S DRAMA'S ECONOMY…AND GUESS WHAT IT WAS HIS BILL HE PASSED LOL
      U NEED TO GET OFF THE BAN WAGON AND STAY IN TOUCH WITH REAL NEWS AND GET OFF THE KOOL-AID AND KEEP UR TRAP SHUT UNLESS U HAVE FACTS! PEACE OUT!!

  • 'Thor'

    You make $100.000 a year. Your boss says you get a "raise" of $10.000 for a total of $110.000. Later your boss comes back and says that instead of a $10.000 raise it will be a $7.000 raise for a total of $107.000. THIS IS THE SEQUESTER IN PLAIN ENGLISH, THE SKY IS NOT FALLING. WHEN WILL YOU GET TIRED OF BEING LIED TO?

  • GUEST

    Y YALL TALKIN BOUT HOW RODMAN IS AGREEING WITH A NATION THAT STARVES THEIR PPL GUESS WHATS HAPPENING IN THE US ..DUH THE SAME CUZ EVERY WHERE U GO THERE ARE HOMELESS PPL AND FOLKS THAT WANT TO WORK CANT EVEN GET A JOB …BLACK WHITE PURPLE YELLOW…SO THIS IS NOT A RACE CARD WILL!!!!!!!! IT REAL LIFE STUPID I BET U WISH U HAD A BETTER JOB NOW TOO OR CANT SEEM TO FIND GOOD PAY …..CHECK WITH YOUR GOP THEN HOLLA BACK DUMMY

    • 'Thor'

      Huh GUEST, when you speak with such poor English what you say is unintelligible. Bush was bad and Obama is far worse. Could you "ever" get tired of being lied to? Bush is GONE, what we have now is ALL Obama's. I really don't believe you are capable of understanding the truth, at least by what I could read by your broken English.

  • ClanSmokeJaguar

    >The U.S. Department of Agriculture

    The media has already uncovered an email to an AG agency from the 0bama's henchmen ordering them make whatever cuts they have to hurt and be compliant with the message of doom and fear they're putting out.

    People! Enough of 0bama's bullsheet and lies.

    You dumb azzes wanted hope and change. Well now you have it and quite soon possibly drone aircraft spying on you.

  • GUEST

    SO LET ME GUESS YALL WAS WITH BUSH …HHHHMMMMM LET ME FOLLOW HIM ..DUH …HE ONLY WANTED TROOPS IN WAR OVER HIS OIL AND NOW WE ARE PAYING THE PRICE FOR IT …NOT A RACE CARD STR8 FACTS …GUESS WHAT RACE DONT HERE BECUZ WHO EVER WOULD HAVE BECAME THE PRES OF US WOULD HAVE BEING GOING THROUGH THIS BS AS WELL SO GET YOUR LAW BOOKS OUT N STUDY AGAIN…

    • Pam Stacy

      GUEST you must be a DEMO!!! We get it now please stay off here unless you really have something to add to the conversation!

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