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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 1.31.2012

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Will Closing 259 USDA Offices Affect Food Safety?

Agriculture secretary vows cuts will speed agency’s work

With $3 billion slashed from its operating budget since 2010, the USDA has announced it will close 259 offices beginning this year—including FSIS sites in Lawrence, Kan., Minneapolis, Minn., and Madison, Wis., along with 15 of the nearly 600 U.S. offices of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Extend Meat Shelf Life with LED Lights

Study finds that moving away from fluorescent units saves money, energy

Replacing fluorescent lights with light-emitting diode units in refrigeration units yields the double benefit of energy and cost savings, along with extended shelf life for some meat products, according to new research from Kansas State University.

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