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Public health officials urge USDA to withdraw plan to “modernize” poultry inspection, worker and food safety will suffer

From ScienceBlogs: The Pump Handle

By Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH

May 31, 2011: The Obama Administration’s quest to appease business interests’ claims about burdensome and outdated regulations awoke a giant in the form of the civil rights, public health and workers’ safety communities.  From the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Council of LaRaza, to the American Public Health Association and Nebraska Appleseed, the feedback is loud and clear: USDA should withdraw the regulatory changes it proposed in January (77 Fed Reg 4408) which would shift the responsibility for examining and sorting poultry carcasses with obvious defects from USDA inspectors to the assembly line workers. Under this “modernized” system, poultry processing companies could increase line speeds from about 90 to 175 birds per minute.  Advocates from these progressive groups and hundreds of others sent comments to the USDA and Secretary Vilsack explaining why the Food Safety Inspection Service’s (FSIS) plan will have grave consequences for poultry plant workers and for food safety.
 
As of May 31, more than 2,250 public comments are visible in the USDA docket.  I’m highlighting some of them here:

Read the full article, including comments from the Public Justice Center: Public health officials urge USDA to withdraw plan to “modernize” poultry inspection, worker and food safety will suffer



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