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Catfish wars heat up over inspection feud

Mar 23, 2011. It’s not that they were clamoring for more oversight; the idea was that the new inspection system would be a roadblock to rival imports from Asia, which U.S. producers have long argued are unsafe.

But in a lesson on being careful what you ask for on Capitol Hill, the move may be backfiring, and the domestic industry could soon be trying to undo what it accomplished just a few years ago. In a worst-case scenario, the domestic farmers could end up stuck with the tougher new inspections while the imports they were hoping to suppress are left with the status quo.

A recent government audit cited the new catfish program and its $ 30 million price tag as a prime example of government waste and duplication. Lawmakers such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are fighting to overturn it

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