Food safety program to run until December

FRESNO, Calif.

The program tests thousands of produce samples for salmonella, e-coli and listeria. A series of proposed budget slashes by President /*Obama*/ put the program at risk of being cut, but the /*U.S.D.A.*/ said this week it will let it operate at least until the end of the year.

More than two dozen bacteria-laced samples have been found thanks to the program, prompting several recalls.

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