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Resource ID: #17465
Subject: Corruption
Source: CBS News
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Date: Mar. 13, 14

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A CBS News investigation details how "over a nearly 20-year period, US Department of Agriculture inspectors at the nation's largest produce market, Hunts Point, accepted bribes from wholesalers to "downgrade" produce quality." The reporters find that "eight of the 14 inspectors assigned here, including two supervisors, were on the take..." They reveal that "as a result of those downgrades, wholesalers bilked American farmers out untold millions of dollars", and that "the farmers are unlikely to ever be compensated for these enormous losses." The story features the farmers' problems with the paperwork burden to prove each individual loss and the unwillingness of the government to compensate them.

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