The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reportedly begun collecting data to support a potential rule that would increase line speeds and essentially deregulate inspection at pork plants.
What more data do they need to realize that this model is a bad idea? Multiple USDA whistleblowers stationed at pilot plants have already revealed why this plan is bad for food safety and simply a move to appease the pork producers. Even trained government inspectors can’t properly identify and remove contamination (including toenails, hair, feces, and cystic kidneys!) at these high-speed plants. We’re talking 83 pounds of pork zooming by every second! If that’s not enough data to know the program needs a revamp, I don’t know what is.
That’s why the Food Integrity Campaign has been urging top pork producer Hormel to lead the way and abandon USDA’s high-speed inspection program. Please join our effort to stop this plan in its tracks.
Sarah Damian is Communications Manager for the Food Integrity Campaign.