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New Hog Slaughter Rule Damages Consumers and Workers

September 18, 2019
Center for Food Safety

New Hog Slaughter Rule Damages Consumers and Workers

History shows self-inspection of meat spells disaster for food and worker safety

Yesterday, Trump's USDA announced the finalization of a new hog slaughter inspection rule that embraces privatized inspection. Previous attempts, historical data, and scientific studies show that when meat companies are allowed to self-inspect, food safety performance and worker safety suffer.

"Under the guise of 'deregulation,' the Trump administration is allowing the pork industry to slaughter as many hogs as it wants, as quickly as it wants," said Amy van Saun, a senior attorney at Center for Food Safety, "This will almost certainly result in more injured workers and undermine FSIS's core mission of protecting the health and welfare of consumers."

"The privatized inspection rule gives big meat companies the power to inspect themselves and will allow plants to increase line speeds, putting workers at risk. When line speeds increase, consumers end up with unsafe food on their tables," said Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch.

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