The Obama Administration still has time to abandon its ill-conceived new regulation on poultry inspection. We'll see if the Administration decides to treat poultry workers better than the firms that employ them.
Senator Gillibrand's "Safe Meat & Poultry Act" includes one short provision that really caught my eye. USDA would need to rely on OSHA's determination on what is an appropriate line speed to ensure the health of plant workers is protected.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and Alabama Appleseed interviewed 300 Alabama poultry workers, and find that many have musculoskeletal problems linked to fast-moving processing lines. That problem could get even worse if a proposed USDA poultry rule to increase maximum line speeds takes effect.
McClatchy Newspapers' reporter Lindsay Wise reports in two new articles on a proposed USDA rule to allegedly "modernize" the poultry inspection process. USDA and the poultry industry are having a love fest over the proposal, but food safety and workers' safety advocates oppose the rule. The White House will soon be deciding the rule's fate.
USDA gives us 30 more days to tell it why 175 birds-per-minute line speeds will take a toll on poultry workers
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