Troxler worried about cuts on NC meat inspectors

  • Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 2:44 p.m.

RALEIGH (AP) — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is worried that across-the-board federal spending cuts required by Washington could slow meat inspections at North Carolina slaughterhouses and hurt farmers and chicken, beef and bacon consumers.

Troxler said Tuesday the automatic cuts could mean federal meat inspectors are furloughed, putting pressure on state meat inspectors and inspectors whose costs are shared between the state and Washington. Inspectors must be at plants when slaughters and some packaging occur.

Troxler says fewer inspectors could mean farmers must hold on to livestock longer, leading to higher feed costs he thinks may be passed on to the public.

Attorney General Roy Cooper, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and schools chief June Atkinson also raised concerns at Tuesday’s Council of State meeting about the cuts on their departments.

Notice about comments: is pleased to offer readers the ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Full terms and conditions can be read here.

Do not post the following:

  • Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
  • Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
  • Personal attacks, insults or threats.
  • The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
  • Comments unrelated to the story.