US - The USDA has submitted a draft final version of the HAACP Based Models Project (HIMP), the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection Rule to the Office of Management and Budget.
The new rule is designed to streamline poultry meat inspection by replacing on-line inspectors with company employees.
The poultry meat inspectors will be employed at the end of the line and in testing for pathogens and food safety issues rather than blemishes and quality issues.
However the rules have been criticised by trades unions, food safety groups and the meat inspectors.
There are concerns that the speed of the lines will be increased to a point where reasonable inspection will be impossible.
And the meat inspectors are concerned that the new rules will mean loss of jobs.
Food safety watch dog, Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter said: “USDA can’t be allowed to rush this rule through without thorough consideration.
“If we allow this controversial rule in poultry, beef and pork are next. We can’t roll back our meat inspection system if we want to continue to have a safe food supply, and USDA needs to hear that from stakeholders.”
Food & Water Watch wants the Obama Administration to publish the revised rule and open it up for public comment for the next 120 days.
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