In addition, more than a dozen states are furloughing
federally funded state workers who make disability decisions for Social Security.
Washington, DC-based industry trade organisation Airlines for America said it has filed legal action to prevent the Federal Aviation Administration from furloughing
air traffic controllers.
"Because we understand that furloughing
our food safety inspectors would not be good for our consumers, the economy, the meat and poultry industry, or our workforce, we view such furloughs as the last option we would implement to achieve the necessary sequestration cut," Vilsack said in the two-page letter.
The meat and poultry industry is calling on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reconsider furloughing
federal meat inspectors if mandatory budget cuts take effect March 1.
United Airlines, a US carrier, will reportedly be furloughing
fewer pilots through spring than previously anticipated.