Federal Government May Lower Poultry Inspection Standards
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed a new inspection system for young poultry slaughter plants on January 27, 2012. This new proposed rule to turn food inspection over to private plants will result in approximately 1000 fewer government positions. Many believe that the process of privatizing food inspection will also significantly reduce the quality of food available to consumers.
The proposed rule places emphasis on quantity and quickness over quality. The current poultry inspection process allows workers to look at 35 chickens per minute, while the new plan proposes looking at 175 chickens per minute. In addition, the proposed rule will reduce the number of FSIS carcass inspectors to one per line. This will create less time for inspection as well as job cuts among federal employees.