Food Integrity Campaign has been challenging high speed slaughter inspection since 2014. Originally, FIC and its coalition partners spoke out against the USDA’s proposed nationalization of its pilot program in poultry (HIMP). The expansion of the pilot program (New Poultry Inspection System) increases line speeds to 175 birds per minute giving meat inspectors only 1/3 of a second to inspect a carcass! It also gives duties, once belonging to federal inspectors, to plant workers themselves who feel unsafe speaking out against their employers. FIC received numerous concerns from USDA inspectors about the dangerous conditions in the HIMP pilot plants and their concerns that the program would expand and put consumers and plant workers at risk. You can read some of these concerns here.
FIC is currently fighting the increased poultry line speeds in court.
Not surprisingly, after pushing for faster poultry line speeds, the USDA also attempted to increase line speeds in pork. Under the guise of “modernization”, Trump’s Pork Rule privatizes the job duties of USDA inspectors and gives their work to untrained plant workers. Whistleblowers who work in the pilot pork inspection programs warn about faster line speeds, fewer inspectors, worse conditions for workers, and unnecessary harm to pigs—not to mention the gross things that find their way into your food.
FIC represents Jill Mauer, a meat inspector who is speaking out against increased pork line speeds.
Note: this article, featuring Government Accountability Project and the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. Federal Pork Inspectors Are Sounding the Alarm Over USDA’s Plan to Give Industry More Control After 20 years of studying the issue through four administrations, USDA is moving forward to give industry a bigger say in food safety operations. […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2019 USDA Meat Inspectors Blow the Whistle on Dangerous New Hog Inspection System NBC’s Morning Joe features two Food Integrity Campaign clients who reveal food safety threats from USDA’s “modernization” of hog inspection WASHINGTON — Today, two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspectors represented by Government Accountability Project, […]
Note: this article, featuring the Food Integrity Campaign, was originally published here. FSIS Privatizing Some Pig Slaughter Duties Plant workers to sort animals, trim carcasses before federal inspection. Starting in December, workers at swine slaughter plants will be taking over some food safety duties now performed by federal inspectors. Department of Agriculture officials finalized plans to […]