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USDA Defends Proposed Swine 'Modernization' Rule From Safety Concerns

May 15, 2018
Officials in the Agriculture Department’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are defending its proposed swine slaughter rule from Democrats' and labor groups' charges that the measure's plan to increase line speeds and ease inspections jeopardizes workers' safety in an already high-risk industry. In an interview with InsideOSHA, FSIS officials defended the agency's pilot program that informed the proposed rule and challenged claims that FSIS would be handing over inspection responsibilities to untrained facility staff, noting that worker...


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