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   Mississippi Catfish Farmers Back Inspections
by Associated Press
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 11:08AM EST

STONEVILLE — The Delta Council board of directors has endorsed a proposal to add catfish to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food safety inspection program. The Delta Council is a regional group of agriculture and business interests in the Mississippi Delta. The issue came up in the board’s recent midyear meeting in Stoneville.

“We want the USDA to treat catfish just like it does beef, pork and poultry,” said John Phillips, chairman of the Delta Council executive committee.

The proposal has the backing of the Catfish Farmers of America. The catfish farmers want the Obama administration to sign off on a strategy to have Vietnamese imports considered catfish so that they will be covered by a new inspections regime that they pushed through Congress in 2008.

To read the rest of the story, please go to: The Clarion Ledger

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