WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Brian Deese asking for a timeline on the completion of USDA catfish inspection regulations.
The letter aims to ensure that the same inspection standards are applied to foreign and domestic producers. Sessions issued the following comments after the letter’s release:
“The catfish industry is critical to many of our rural communities and important to our state’s economy. Allowing foreign producers to undergo less rigorous inspections than U.S. producers cannot continue. I urge the Office of Management and Budget to ensure fairness and effectiveness in catfish inspections.”