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Support Workers and the Environment: Oppose the USDA's Poultry Inspection Rule

Right now, the federal government is accepting comments on a proposed rule that would “modernize” the inspection process for poultry production. Unfortunately, in a bid to modernize the process, the federal government is putting the health and safety of front line food workers and the environment at risk.

The USDA did not consider worker health and safety or the impact on the environment in the development of this rule. By opposing this rule today, you can send a signal to the federal government that this rule should be withdrawn until a comprehensive assessment of the health and safety impact on workers and the environmental impacts of increased production is conducted.

Please take a minute today to sign this petition opposing the USDA's “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection” to ensure the health and safety of workers and the environment.

I oppose the proposed USDA rule regarding the modernization of poultry slaughter inspection (Docket No. FSIS-2011-0012) because it does not take into concern the health and safety of the roughly 200,000 poultry plant line workers nationwide, many of whom are recent immigrants, often speak little English, do not benefit from union representation, and who often have few professional options open to them. These workers are in particular need of strong enforceable federal health and safety regulations to protect them and ensure a safe food supply. Neither does the rule take into account the environmental impacts associated with the greater waste that would be generated by processing more chickens in the same amount of time.

I urge the USDA to withdraw this rule until a comprehensive study of both the environmental impacts and the health and safety impact on front line poultry workers has been assessed and their health and safety has been assured.
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 PLEASE NOTE: Your name, state and zip are required for comments to regulations.gov, the website USDA may use to collect comments on the labeling petition.  Your information may be posted on regulations.gov, so please only share street and city information if you are comfortable having it made public.