USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says in 2018 there have been dozens of recalls involving millions of pounds of sausage, calzones and chicken whatnots contaminated with metal, plastic and other foreign non-food bits of dangerous materials.
ByClaire Everett/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported an estimated $6.2 billion in improper payments in 2013, according to an Office of Inspector General’s April report. The report's findings come after a previous Office of Inspector General report concluded that the USDA overpaid farmers by hundreds of millions of dollars through the prevented planting program.
A look into the practices of the Agricultural Marketing Service found a lack of overview of the "Beef Board" management unless a complaint or issue "arose". The lack of a management review revealed that funds collected, distributed and expended were not transparent, according to federal audit released in March.