Inadequate enforcement is the cause of too many repeat violations happening at pig-slaughter plants inspected by federal regulators, the USDA's inspector general concluded in a recent audit report. The enforcement policies of the Food Safety and Inspection Service fail to stop slaughter plants from becoming repeat food-safety offenders, the report said. Only 28 of the 616 swine plants in the country were suspended despite the 44,128 noncompliance records issued by the inspection service during a three-year period that ended in 2011, the inspector general said.

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