Acuff notes it’s a frustrating situation because if one does need to contact the USDA about a food safety situation, the people you want to talk to are the one’s not there.
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“That creates a void and makes it look like there’s no leadership and direction and that they are kind of aimlessly wandering,” he says. “But I think from what I’ve seen—and I’ve been doing this 39 years—things are still moving at about the same speed in the same direction. The issue that slows them down is when the budget isn’t approved, I’ve never really seen a lack of a person shut things down.”