What could possibly go wrong? USDA to Let Industry Self-Inspect Chicken – ABC News

As early as next week, the government will end debate on a cost-cutting, modernization proposal it hopes to fully implement by the end of the year – a plan that is setting off alarm bells among food science watchdogs because it turns over most of the chicken inspection duties to the companies that produce the birds for sale.  Currently, traditional poultry lines move at a maximum of 90 birds per minute, with up to three USDA inspectors on line.Whistleblower inspectors opposed to the new USDA rule say the companies cannot be trusted to watch over themselves.  They contend that companies routinely pressure their employees not to stop the line or slow it down, making thorough inspection for contaminants, tumors and evidence of disease nearly impossible. 

via USDA to Let Industry Self-Inspect Chicken – ABC News.

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