Spending cuts could cost you more at the meat market - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Spending cuts could cost you more at the meat market

Posted: Updated:

(WFIE) - It appears meat prices at your local store could soon be on the rise.
The White House is warning of a potential shortage if thousands of meat inspectors are ordered off the job.

This has to do with the impending budget cuts in Washington. If the sequester begins March 1st, the White House says USDA inspectors could be furloughed for up to 15 days, forcing plants to shutdown, limiting supply and raising prices.

"I don't see how they could possibly do a 15 day in a row because there's a lot of meat products that you have to do something with," said Dean Dewig, owner of Dewig Meats.

It's a typical Tuesday inside Dewig Meats in Haubstadt.

"This is our slowest time of the year right now. January and February are our slowest months. I guess everybody got done eating after Christmas and they're still trying to recover and lose a few pounds," Dewig said.

Dewig says for 16 hours, five days a week, two meat inspectors are on hand to give his products their seal of approval.

Without them, there would be no reason to keep his knives sharp.

"We have to have an inspector here to do our processing in back. If we don't have inspection we're not going to be working, so I don't need the employees here," Dewig said.

Read more at WFIE's website.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

    Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:45 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:45:05 GMT
    Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore...More
    Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a...More
  • Chickamauga man delivers winning bid to buy Cleveland speedway

    Chickamauga man delivers winning bid to buy Cleveland speedway

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:36:54 GMT
    CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB)--- It took nearly three years to get Cleveland's motor speedway to the auction block, and only a few minutes to close the deal.North Georgia's Al Chapman tendering an $807,100 bid late Thursday afternoon to buy the track and adjoining 25 acres of property, lock, stock and barrel." I just hope and pray they keep it open that we can come back and enjoy this track," opines Jackie Taylor, a racing fan from neighboring Polk County.When asked if he plans to keep the track a rac...More
    CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB)--- It took nearly three years to get Cleveland's motor speedway to the auction block, and only a few minutes to close the deal.North Georgia's Al Chapman tendering an $807,100 bid late Thursday afternoon to buy the track and adjoining 25 acres of property, lock, stock and barrel." I just hope and pray they keep it open that we can come back and enjoy this track," opines Jackie Taylor, a racing fan from neighboring Polk County.When asked if he plans to keep the track a rac...More
  • Motorists: Road work this weekend and into next week

    Motorists: Road work this weekend and into next week

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:40:13 GMT

    Motorists should use caution in construction zones and obey speed limit notices which may change in those zones to keep workers safe.

    More

    Motorists should use caution in construction zones and obey speed limit notices which may change in those zones to keep workers safe.

    More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.