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Letter to the Editor: USDA should rethink pork line speed plan

Opinion

On Jan. 19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule that would lift current caps on line speeds in pork processing plants and reduce federal oversight in these facilities. The proposed rule is strongly backed by the meatpacking industry, but the fact is that raising line speeds in pork processing plants will only… Continue Reading

Retired USDA Inspectors Share Concerns About HIMP Project

USDA investigating video taken at Hormel supplier

Joe Ferguson says he just couldn’t take it any longer. The former inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) spent more than 23 years monitoring operations inside pork processing plants inspecting hog carcasses for signs of anything that could translate to a food safety problem, in particular hints… Continue Reading

Amendments to Nebraska Bill Might be Expansion Card for Smithfield Foods

Recently filed amendment language now pending in the Nebraska Legislature could clear the way for Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods Inc. to own, control, and feed hogs in contract swine operations in the state. The foreign-owned agribusiness is already a major employer in Nebraska. At a public hearing last month, Legislative Bills (LB) 175 and 176 pitted the independent… Continue Reading