CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 19, 1975
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(Studio) Senator opens investigation into charges of widespread corruption in grain exports. Agriculture Department officials testify their probe has uncovered flaws in grain inspection system, but department trying to correct problem.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(New Orleans, Louisiana) Investigation turns up widespread corruption in grain ind. Grain inspectors rate grain to determine price grain companies can charge; intentional misreading brings substantial profits to grain companies and kickbacks to inspectors. [Chief grain inspector in New Orleans, Harlan RYAN - says it's not too difficult for grain inspectors to misgrade grain intentionally.] Federal grand jury now looking into corporate structure of several international grain companies for evidence of large-scale grain thefts and payoffs.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall
(Kansas, Oklahoma border) Most wheat grown here ends up overseas. Farmers very concerned about grain corruption because they lose big money if grain contracts cancelled or product unacceptable. [FARMERS - react to grain corruption; a few individuals jeopardizing United States economy and farmers being hurt.] Wheat growers want federal government to take over inspection at ports.
REPORTER: Chris Kelley