A U.S. Department of Agriculture plan to close 259 domestic offices as part of a $150 million budget-cutting measure will have “no impact whatsoever” on food safety, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

Agency inspectors will continue their jobs at every meat- processing plant in the country, Vilsack said today on a conference call with reporters. Closings of facilities related to food safety may not happen until after Oct. 1 and will only affect administrative personnel, he said. County offices that oversee farm programs may close before then, he said.