During the modernization era for meat and poultry, how fast carcasses are moved across the slaughter floor is an issue that’s created controversies involving both food safety and worker safety.
Line speed, as it is called, is a current issue before multiple federal Courts and Congress.
Dr. Mindy Brashears, Under Secretary of USDA for Food Safety, inherited the task of resolving modernization issues from the previous and current administrations. New inspection rules were first adopted for poultry in 2014 and followed by swine in late 2019.
Beef plants are also getting the option of filing for modernization waivers.
And while the line speed controversies have continued to boil, it has not resulted in much new information –until now. A new study finds increased line speed in young chicken slaughter establishments does not increase Salmonella contamination risks.
“From FSiS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) perspective, it does help us,” Brashears told … Read more