The Trump administration will allow pork plants to reduce the number of Department of Agriculture line inspectors assigned to them and run their slaughter lines without any speed limit under a new rule intended to modernize an antiquated inspection system. But the changes have alarmed consumer advocates who believe the rule will make food less safe and endanger workers.
The new rule will let factory workers, rather than USDA inspectors, remove unsuitable carcasses and trim defects in plants that opt into the new inspection system. USDA inspectors will still examine the carcasses, but they will be stationed farther down the line, and off-line inspectors will be roaming the factory to conduct other kinds of safety checks.
The article goes on to state the following:
“This regulatory change allows us to ensure food safety while eliminating outdated rules and allowing for companies to innovate,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement Tuesday unveiling the new rule.
The USDA, food will be safer as inspectors can focus on targeted safety checks rather than visual line inspections.
Trump admin. will allow pork plants to reduce number of Dept. of Ag. line inspectors assigned to them and run their slaughter lines without any speed limit under a new rule.
The changes have alarmed advocates who believe the rule will make food less safe. https://t.co/YENvwtZ73t
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