The USDA announced new regulations that will result in a significant reduction in the number of government inspectors with heavier reliance on the industry to police itself. The move has consumer advocates very concerned, particularly on the heels of a recent salmonella outbreak tied to tainted Foster Farms chicken.
The USDA said they had evidence the outbreak made as many as 621 people in 29 states sick from the contaminated meat. Meanwhile, the agency boasts the new regulations will save tens of millions of dollars and will prevent 5,000 foodborne illnesses a year. However, critics remain skeptical and believe the USDA’s measures ignore the use of unhealthy chemicals, unsafe working conditions and inhumane slaughtering procedures.
Paul Shapiro (@pshapiro), VP of Farm Animal Protection, Humane Society of the US
Dr. William James, Former USDA Chief Veterinarian
Amanda Hitt, Public Health Attorney & Campaign Director for the Government Accountability Project
Phyllis McKelvey (@P_McKelvey), Retired USDA poultry inspector
Anita Grabowski (@AnitaGrabowski) & John Fiege (@johnfiege), Film director and producer for film, Mississippi Chicken