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Fiscal Cliff: Agencies who regulate food at risk of cuts

7:39 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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The safety of your food could be at risk if we fall over the fiscal cliff. That's because the agencies that regulate food safety could suffer budget cuts and it's families like yours who will suffer the consequences.

As Tressa Bennett prepares for the holidays, she's also preparing for the fall out from the fiscal cliff.

"I can't imagine funding being cut at this point. It would be tragic."

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Tressa is worried mandatory budget cuts would hurt food safety inspection that's mattered to her since her twins were born in 1999. She and her babies got listeria poisoning from meat she ate while pregnant.

The Centers for Disease Control says contaminated food sickens about 48 million people a year, and 3,000 people die. Both the F.D.A. and the U.S.D.A., in charge of inspecting food, could face $157 million dollars in cuts.

A company that tracks food recalls found there were 414 recalls last quarter on food. That's the highest level in 2 years.  

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