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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:38 AM

Pork industry to gain power over inspections

a few weeks old, but new to me..

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pork-industry-hogs-plants-trump-regulations-20190403-story.html

The Trump administration plans to shift much of the power and responsibility for food safety inspections in hog plants to the pork industry as early as May, cutting the number of federal inspectors by about 40% and replacing them with plant employees.

Under the proposed new inspection system, the responsibility for identifying diseased and contaminated pork would be shared with plant employees, whose training would be at the discretion of plant owners. There would be no limits on slaughter-line speeds.

The new pork inspection system would accelerate the federal government's move toward delegating inspections to the livestock industry. During the Obama administration, poultry plant owners were given more power over safety inspections, although that administration canceled plans to increase line speeds. The Trump administration in September allowed some poultry plants to increase line speeds.

The Trump administration also is working to shift inspection of beef to plant owners. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are scheduled next month to discuss the proposed changes with the meat industry.

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Reply Pork industry to gain power over inspections (Original post)
G_j Apr 2019 OP
CDerekGo Apr 2019 #1
Luciferous Apr 2019 #2
Blue_true Apr 2019 #12
Blue_Tires Apr 2019 #18
greymattermom Apr 2019 #3
hedda_foil Apr 2019 #4
Hekate Apr 2019 #11
democratisphere Apr 2019 #5
handmade34 Apr 2019 #6
Blue_true Apr 2019 #13
handmade34 Apr 2019 #16
Blue_Tires Apr 2019 #19
handmade34 Apr 2019 #21
Blue_true Apr 2019 #23
Mendocino Apr 2019 #28
Blue_true Apr 2019 #22
snort Apr 2019 #7
spanone Apr 2019 #8
Bettie Apr 2019 #9
Hekate Apr 2019 #10
moondust Apr 2019 #14
TheBlackAdder Apr 2019 #15
ProudLib72 Apr 2019 #17
Blue_Tires Apr 2019 #20
Initech Apr 2019 #24
smirkymonkey Apr 2019 #25
mucifer Apr 2019 #26
athena Apr 2019 #27

Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:43 AM

1. o jeez

Guess I'll become vegetarian and grow my own food in my back yard from now on. Only thing we can hope for is Hairplug Himmler to eat a diseased burger from McD's??

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:48 AM

2. I can see this going bad very quickly.

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Response to Luciferous (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:42 AM

12. My thoughts also. nt

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Response to Luciferous (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 12:22 PM

18. +1

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:55 AM

3. How long until the first disease outbreak?

Maybe we need to assign The Jungle again.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:57 AM

4. Trichinosis anyone?

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Response to hedda_foil (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:38 AM

11. At least for trichinosis you can just cook thoroughly. Other things, not so much.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 08:27 AM

5. This will not go well. Greedy corporations will just let inspections slide.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 08:30 AM

6. another reason

I am vegetarian

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:44 AM

13. Plants often carry vicious toxins. You clearly missed the recent lettuce recalls. nt

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #13)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 12:18 PM

16. I rarely miss these

my husband died of food poisoning so I pay attention

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 12:23 PM

19. Make sure you home grow or buy locally since Trump has long since gutted the FDA

and yes, that's a transition I also need to permanently make myself

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #19)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 12:35 PM

21. I am one of the fortunate ones

I do grow a lot of my own food and there are farms around me to buy local when needed... have always had a garden and just started growing my own greens in the house

my current crop of micrgreens

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #21)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:08 PM

23. Look like you are a bit hard core. That is way better than most people. nt

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #21)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 08:20 AM

28. I sow microgreen

beets, radish, broccoli and kohlrabi. I also plant purslane for the ALA, I'm vegan.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #19)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:05 PM

22. Or buy from a local health food store that sells produce.

If that is affordable. The products in a serious health food store are more likely to come from farmers that care about food safety (but not always since many use animal based or fish waste based fertilizers).

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 10:50 AM

7. The Trump says "Oink".

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:12 AM

8. ...because we know how well industries police themselves....

not. at. all.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:27 AM

9. What could possibly go wrong?

OH, wait, everything.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:29 AM

10. What could possibly go wrong with this plan?

I feel a slab of well-aged BBQ tofu in my future.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:45 AM

14. Borowitz?

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 11:53 AM

15. Many of the US pork farms have long-term export contracts with China. They won't like infected meat.

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Smithfield was acquired by them.


Their meats are sold under the following names:

Smithfield, Eckrich, Farmland, Armour, John Morrell, Kretschmar, Curly’s, Carando, Cook’s, Margherita, Gwaltney, and Healthy Ones

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 12:20 PM

17. We've gone all the way back to 1906 and The Jungle

Unbelievable!

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 12:24 PM

20. Donnie's war against expertise and competence continues its Blitzkrieg assault

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:11 PM

24. Woohoo!!! E Coli poisoning here we come!

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:49 PM

25. This should go well.

Wait until the first republican dies from contaminated pork products and then we'll see how much they rant against "federal regulations". Meanwhile, I'll consider going vegetarian.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:55 PM

26. I honestly don't think they can make it any worse for the animals.Factory farming is so horrific BUT

a message to fellow vegans the the orange monster and his republican friends I am sure are going to do away with inspections for plant based foods, too.

We will all be poisoned.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:14 PM

27. Considering how the factory farms treat sows, I am almost happy for this change.

No one with a heart should be supporting the pork industry (or, more accurately, the pig torture and murder industry) with their hard-earned dollars. Take this news as a sign and stop eating pigs. You will be helping the environment, improving your health, and taking a personal step toward ending a shameful period in human history.

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