Personal information about 350 USDA employees and contractors involved in the Agricultural Marketing Service
‘s meat grading programs nationwide was stored on the laptop.
According to a USDA spokesman, the laptop and printout were returned to the meat plant, however the bag they were in had been rummaged through.
Last month a hacker gained access to data about 26,000 USDA
employees, but according to the USDA did not download any of the information.