CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 06, 1976
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(Studio) Senator to investigate selling of meat to armed forces.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Fort Belvoir, Virginia) Chances are 2-1 that Defense Department not getting quality of meat it paid for. [Senator Lawton CHILES - says rip-off costs $ millions.] Last summer, Defense Department checks showed 2/3 of meat not up to specifications. Senator investigators say worst fraud occurred in Boston meat processing plant, now shut down and sold. 2 retired sgts. say they received $300 per week as bribes from plant owner as well as services of prostitutes and gifts. Some meat suppliers have acceptable records. [CHILES - tells of faulty meat found in inspections.] [Defense Department spokesperson Paul RILEY - says rip-off not as great as reported] No health hazards found in troops' meat; meat just lower quality than paid for.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne
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