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It's time for the USDA to hear from us on the poultry rule
Have a question about the USDA's proposed poultry rule (which would increase inspection line speeds to requiring poultry inspections every 1/3 of a second)? There's a chat for that. Today at 3 p.m., Dr. Elisabeth Hagen is holding virtual office hours for the agency.
Voice up on Twitter by using the hashtag #askUSDA. Let Dr. Hagen know that already, 59 percent of poultry workers develop carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries on the job, and increasing the line speed will undoubtedly put poultry workers' safety on the line. Requiring workers to inspect 175 birds a minute is unacceptable.
National COSH joined other organizations last week in urging the USDA to withdraw the proposal. Now it's time to make your voices heard.
We'll see you today in the Twittersphere!
(Note: For those not on Twitter, you can weigh in on the poultry rule by submitting a comment to the USDA or by sending a letter to the editor to your local newspaper.)