Poultry Inspection Rule Puts Corporate Profits Before Public Health

In the name of budget-cuts, more defective and unsanitary poultry could make its way to the supermarket if a new USDA rule goes into effect. Despite rising incidents of foodborne illness and increasing public concern over the safety of our food, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing  to both increase line speeds and reduce the number of trained government inspectors at poultry slaughter houses—a serious threat to food safety, animal welfare, and poultry workers.

Sign the petition to tell USDA to reject this proposed rule, because food safety is more important than corporate profits

I am writing to oppose the proposed FSIS “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection” (Docket # FSIS-2011-0012-0001.) rule. This proposed rule would allow line speeds of up to 175 birds per minute, inspected by company employees who are not required to receive training equivalent to USDA inspectors. Proper inspection cannot occur at these excessive line speeds. Inspectors are already missing food safety and wholesomeness standards at alarmingly high rates… so faster inspection speeds will not solve this problem but exacerbate it. By unleashing higher line speeds, this proposed rule furthers the industrialization of the food supply by allowing corporations – who are responsible to shareholders, not to the public – to determine the quality of food that ends up on our tables. FSIS should reject the proposed rule and protect public health, animal welfare, and worker safety—not corporate profits.
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