Inspection programme raises controversy at Senate
Friday, May 22, 2015, 03:30 (GMT + 9)
A US Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspection programme raised dispute in the United States Senate because some senators insist the measure duplicates seafood inspections and affects trade deals with foreign countries.
The controversial programme was spawned by a 2008 farm bill signed by George W. Bush and called for a new catfish-inspection programme run by USDA, taking the job away from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which inspects all other seafood, ABC News reported.
Some congressmen support Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), who proposed an amendment to the trade measure intended to eliminate the USDA catfish inspection programme, arguing it duplicates seafood inspection programmes already conducted by the FDA and complicates trade efforts with Asian countries.
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