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USDA’s new swine slaughter rule hit by lawsuit

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A new lawsuit has been brought against the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection. 

USDA’s final rule on swine inspection modernizes inspection at market hog slaughter establishments in order to protect public health and allow for food safety innovations. The final rule, published on Oct. 1, 2019, in the Federal Register, includes changes to processing line speeds, allowing plants to make their own decisions and judgments when setting maximum line speeds. The rule also moves some inspection tasks from USDA inspection workers to pork plant workers instead.

The lawsuit, filed by Food & Water Watch and the Center for Food Safety, challenges USDA’s overhaul of pork plant inspections, believing that these changes will lead to unsafe meat being sold to consumers. The lawsuit alleges that the new swine inspection rule will put public health at risk – including not only consumers but pork plant workers as well.
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