Sunday August 25, 2013, 9:02 am
The USDA is about to slash regulations for poultry plants, saving big corporations millions at the expense of public health and workers’ safety.
Instead of trained USDA inspectors, companies will police themselves. Meanwhile, plants will be allowed to speed up production dramatically. Chickens will spend more time soaking in contaminants (including pus and feces!), and poultry plants are compensating by washing them in with chlorine. Independent experts like Food and Water Watch have shown that the new system is likely to miss serious contamination, including diseases like salmonella.
Now the only person who can reverse these regulations is President Obama. We need to send a clear message that these disgusting rules are unacceptable before the USDA tries to expand them to the pork and beef industries.
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 1:07 am
Just what we need, the fox watching the hen house. Although I haven't eaten meat or animal products of any kind in over 62 years, I am always deeply concerned about the treatment of animals in slaughterhouses and the safety of products for those who do eat meat. Obviously massive profit is the great captain steering the meat industry, health and safety of consumers can fall off the ship, I guess, is the prevailing attitude. Makes no sense that this policy was ever even seriously considered. Which industry will next be allowed to "police itself" potentially putting citizens at risk?
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 12:59 am
I avoid factory farmed chicken and the bad conditions and eat organic chicken from small farms.
This is hardly surprising given that the U.S. has a Monsanto ex-CEO Michael R. Taylor as commissioner for foods at the Food and Drug Administration. Not good for the food chain. Give it 50 years and Monsanto and its seeds of destruction will wipe out every living natural plant on the planet. Rock pate, anyone? Or will Monsanto patent rocks next?