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Some highlights from the USDA’s virtual office hours

We asked you to participate in the USDA’s virtual office hours and ask the agency to comment on its proposed poultry rule. The rule would increase line speeds for poultry inspections from 70 birds per minute to more than 175 birds per minute — or a bird every 1/3 of a second.

Here are some highlights from that chat:


#askUSDA: Under HIMP plans, federal inspectors are replaced with plant workers who are powerless to speak out against their employers!


OMB Watch  â€@OMBWatch

If 59% of poultry inspectors show signs of carpal tunnel, why do you want to increase line speeds 5x?  @USDA  #askUSDA


organizerx  â€@organizerx

@USDA  Would you wait for the results of the NIOSH study on HIMP before implementing it?    #askUSDA  #PoultryRule



How will we know effects on worker health and safety without scientific monitoring?  @USDA  #askUSDA  #PoultryRule


OMB Watch  â€@OMBWatch

@USDA  Why did  @USDAFoodSafety  develop the HIMP rule with no public meetings or input?  #PoultryRule  #askUSDA


Dept. of Agriculture  â€@USDA

Q 17 RT  @foodandwater:  #AskUSDA:  @USDA, with salmonella rates so high, deregulating poultry inspection is a good idea?


Dept. of Agriculture  â€@USDA

A17: No deregulation here. This proposal is about doing things better in a more modern way and decreasing Salmonella for consumers ~DrH



Still have a question or a comment on the proposed new poultry rule? You can contact the USDA or send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Keep following National COSH — on the blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook  — to keep up.