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Privatized Meat Inspection Experiment Jeopardizes Your Food Safety

Thursday March 15, 2012

On January 27, 2012, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed a new inspection system for young poultry slaughter plants. The proposed rule places emphasis on quantity and quickness over quality. The current poultry inspection process allows for a line speed of 91 chickens per minute, while the new plan proposes a maximum line speed of 175 chickens per minute. In addition, the proposed rule will reduce the number of FSIS inspectors from four to two per line. One FSIS inspector – the carcass inspector – will be located near the end of the slaughter line and will visually examine each carcass. The second FSIS inspector – the verification inspector – will move along the slaughter line to continuously observe and evaluate the plant’s implementation of its Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan.

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