Today, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a one year pilot program to once again allow faster line speeds at hog plants.
In response. Food & Water Watch Senior Staff Attorney Zach Corrigan issued the following statement:
“With this decision, the Biden administration is caving to industry pressure. We already know that industry-friendly hog inspection rules create significantly more food safety problems than rules that require strong federal oversight. The administration was right to accept a court decision throwing out the awful Trump administration rules that allowed slaughterhouses to ramp up their slaughter-line speeds. Unfortunately, they are now reversing course on this with a pilot program that continues to put industry profits over protecting the safety of our food supply.”