Wednesday, September 17, 2014

USDA rules will allow chicken factories to conduct their own inspections


Apparently overburdened with having to police the filthy factory farm industry in accordance with the law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to simply hand over the inspection reigns to processing plants themselves, according to new reports. Updated "food safety" guidelines will soon entrust poultry processing plants with the responsibility of conducting their own food safety inspections, which means more feces, Salmonella and other contaminants in factory food.

The new USDA rules were hailed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a vocal proponent of factory farming and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as some kind of boon for food safety. The former Iowa governor told reporters that having poultry processing plants police themselves, rather than be inspected by third-party auditors, will result in food being safer than ever.

The new rules "will increase the chances of us detecting problems by placing the burden of finding [contaminants] such as salmonella on the plants," he stated, in complete seriousness.

Currently, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) periodically places auditors on poultry plant processing lines to look for defective birds, feces and other public health threats in order to snag them before they end up at the grocery store. On average, government poultry inspectors track 130 birds per minute, an amount that makes it close to impossible to fully inspect every single bird.

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