Federal food safety policy and personnel changes underway at FSIS, FDA, and CDC
By Dan Flynn on January 26, 2021
Changes in federal food safety policy and personnel are occurring with the new Biden Administration — officials are talking about some, but not others.
They left it to Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund to announce that the Biden government has officially withdrawn a pending rule by the previous administration that would have permanently allowed chicken slaughter lines to speed up from an already “lightning-fast 140 birds per minute to 175 per minute.”
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has previously supported higher line speeds as an incentive for modernization and efficiency measures. It was an idea the Trump administration inherited from the Obama Administration.
But unions and other groups that advocate for employees and animal welfare never liked the higher speeds for moving slaughtered poultry off the kill floor.
Amundson said the withdrawal “is simply common sense,” claiming the higher line speeds would be “an animal welfare and worker safety nightmare.” She also said higher speeds would contribute to “another terrible spike in COVID infections.” Read more here thanks