New USDA poultry rule poses great risk to food and workers’ safety

Image courtesy of Public Citizen. Advocates unroll a petition signed by more than 500,000 people opposing the USDA’s new poultry rule on September 26 in Washington, D.C.

Last week, a coalition of worker and food safety advocates and allies gathered in front of the White House and rolled out a petition that contained over 500,000 names of people from all over the country who strongly oppose the USDA’s proposed poultry rule.

This dangerous rule would increase the already high speed of the production line to an unfathomable 175 birds per minute and reduce the number of federal inspectors in every poultry plant.

These changes would increase the risk of serious and crippling injuries for poultry workers and would put the safety of our food in jeopardy by only giving inspectors one-third of a second to watch for fecal contamination, bile, diseases, tumors, feathers, intestines, and any other defects.

Take Action

You can take action on this issue and help stop this pending USDA proposal to increase line speeds in poultry processing to even more unreasonable levels. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and ask them to stop the USDA’s new poultry rule: one-third of a second per chicken isn’t enough to keep our food and workers safe.


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