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NIOSH Director Says FSIS Administrator Misinterpreted Line-Speed Study

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John Howard, director of the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is concerned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has misinterpreted the findings of a recent study evaluating worker safety at poultry-processing plants. At the request of FSIS, NIOSH evaluated the effects of waivers of line-speed restrictions… Continue Reading

NIOSH Study: Line Speed Not an Issue in Poultry Inspection Overhaul

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Extended full-time work in the poultry industry does come with the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, but line speed does not appear to contribute all that much to the problem, according to a report from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The new report about the… Continue Reading

68 Members of Congress Ask Vilsack to Withdraw Poultry Inspection Rule

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A bipartisan group of 68 members of Congress wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday, asking him to suspend action on the proposed Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule, which is based on the HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP). “While we strongly support modernizing our food safety system and making it… Continue Reading

The Hard Truth About Authentic Modernization of Poultry Inspection

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A healthy progression of events is occurring in the world of food safety. There are specific issues being debated over the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter proposal. The scientific community is zeroing in on specific strains of pathogens. Media and consumer groups are focusing on antibiotic resistance. Industry and labor groups are talking about ergonomic safety…. Continue Reading

Advocates Petition Congress to Block Chinese Chicken

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Food safety advocates have launched a Change.org petition aimed at getting Congress to keep chicken from China off U.S. plates. The petition asks Congress and the Obama administration to ensure that Chinese-processed chicken is not included in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service… Continue Reading

FAQ: What’s Going on with Chinese Chicken Processing?

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Many people have had something to say about chicken and other poultry destined for U.S. tables potentially coming from or through China. The latest concerns come from 14 members of the House of Representatives who wrote to the chairmen and senior Democrats of subcommittees responsible for funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since the issue… Continue Reading

FSIS Declares China’s Poultry-Slaughter System Not Equivalent

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On Sunday evening, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service declared that China’s poultry-slaughter system is not equivalent and so poultry slaughtered in China is not allowed to be imported to the United States. The statement comes after a press release from Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office questioned the equivalency of China’s poultry-slaughter system…. Continue Reading

Consumer Coalition Urges USDA to Cancel Proposed Poultry-Inspection Program

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture should withdraw a proposal to modify its poultry slaughter inspection program, the Safe Food Coalition urged on Friday. The coalition members say they are concerned the proposal could have serious repercussion on food safety. They have also asked USDA to withdraw equivalency determinations of foreign inspection programs and re-evaluate the… Continue Reading

Hagen Promises Poultry Inspections are Still Going to Change

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A government auditor’s critique of data used to justify new poultry inspection rules is not going to prevent the new system from going forward, Elisabeth Hagen, USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety, said Wednesday. Hagen told The Hagstrom Report, the subscriber news service covering USDA, that there were more reasons for the change than just… Continue Reading