Catfish group ‘stunned’ by report from GAO, White House

INDIANOLA — Catfish Farmers of America (CFA) are disputing a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Obama Administration that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspections are a “duplicative program” and should be eliminated.

“Catfish Farmers of America is stunned by the misinformation recently distributed by the GAO and White House regarding USDA catfish inspections,” said Ben Pentecost, president of CFA. “The costs referenced in the GAO report are simply wrong. No funds have been spent to date on USDA catfish inspections because the program as outlined in the 2008 Farm Bill has not yet been implemented. Furthermore, if USDA enacts catfish inspections, there will be no overlap with other federal food inspection programs. Moving catfish inspections to the USDA is a consolidation, not duplication of inspection programs.

“CFA supports USDA catfish inspections because we know that the Food and Drug Administration provides insufficient safeguards for the American consumer. By FDA’s own admission, they inspect a shockingly low percentage of the seafood coming into the United States.”

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