Mississippi Catfish Farmers Back Inspections

STONEVILLE The Delta Council board of directors has endorsed a proposal to add catfish to U.S. Department of Agricultures 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 boards 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.

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