You cannot slaughter animals without workers to do the work, and you cannot sell meat without inspectors.

We need to protect both workers and inspectors or we will see more plants shutter and our grocery stores empty.

Forcing workers and inspectors to work unprotected is not the answer.

Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: We are having a problem with the U.S. meat supply


Dear Editor,

I am submitting this letter in response to Dan Flynn’s earlier piece regarding pork inspection line speeds.

The federal government’s decision to put pork producers in charge of their own food safety inspections — while letting them set the line speeds that inspection workers must follow —
Continue Reading Letter to the Editor: USDA move to outsource inspections is recipe for disaster

Q&A Analysis

The Hill, a Washington-based news publication, recently published a story about the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS), an outgrowth of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) HACCP-Based Inspection Model Project (HIMP) with these warnings: “A new rule . . . would reduce
Continue Reading What’s behind the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System?

Dr. Yolanda Thomspon was the USDA inspector on duty for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at the Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. plant in Storm Lake, IA, on March 26, 2018.

Her actions that day are alleged to have cost Tyson Fresh Meats and Tyson Foods Inc. $1.85 million.
Continue Reading Tyson lost $2.5 million because, they say, FSIS failed to properly inspect hogs

An Illinois grocery store is recalling 54 pounds of ground beef because of test results following routine product sampling by inspectors on March 14, according to a recall notice posted March 19 by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Employees at La Rosita Fresh Market Inc. in Mt.

Continue Reading Inspection, routine E. coli tests spark recall of beef ground in grocery store

Everyone returning to work early Wednesday at Colorado’s big JBS beef plant had to contend with some pretty cold weather, but they did not have any concerns about whether USDA inspectors would be on hand. Without those inspectors, the largest employer in Greeley, CO, with a payroll of about 5,000,
Continue Reading It was business as usual on first business day of partial government shutdown