USDA delays controversial poultry inspection rule

The USDA planned to expand the HACCP Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP), but has decided to give critics time to respond to the controversial poultry inspection plan. If HIMP had been expanded as planned there would have been fewer FSIS inspectors on duty at poultry processors, more industry self-inspection, and faster line speeds for processing birds. The USDA claims these cost-saving improvements will reduce foodborne illnesses. However, watchdog groups and some FSIS employees claim HIMP puts consumers at a greater risk. Here are a couple links for the full story:

ABC News link

Food Safety News link

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About Ryan Walker

Michigan State University graduate student in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition.
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