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Mon Dec 16, 2019, 11:46 AM

Trump administration allows pork slaughterhouses to have fewer USDA inspectors

Source: NBC

The Trump administration will allow pork plants to reduce the number of Department of Agriculture line inspectors assigned to them and run their slaughter lines without any speed limit under a new rule intended to modernize an antiquated inspection system. But the changes have alarmed consumer advocates who believe the rule will make food less safe and endanger workers.

The new rule will let factory workers, rather than USDA inspectors, remove unsuitable carcasses and trim defects in plants that opt into the new inspection system. USDA inspectors will still examine the carcasses, but they will be stationed farther down the line, and off-line inspectors will be roaming the factory to conduct other kinds of safety checks.

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The USDA says that the rule is the first time in more than 50 years that pork inspections will be modernized, making food safer by focusing inspectors’ attention on more targeted safety checks rather than visual line inspections. The agency estimates that the change will reduce the total number of USDA inspectors at pork plants by 40 percent, saving about $8.7 million a year.

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“This rule puts industry profits ahead of public health,” said Thomas Gremillion, director of food policy for the Consumer Federation of America, an advocacy group. He called the rule “a recipe for food safety disaster.”

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-administration-allows-pork-slaughterhouses-have-fewer-usda-inspectors-n1055451



Trump is a Russian asset who is trying to crash America from the inside. If people can't see that
now I just give up.

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Reply Trump administration allows pork slaughterhouses to have fewer USDA inspectors (Original post)
Botany Dec 2019 OP
TygrBright Dec 2019 #1
Botany Dec 2019 #2
CozyMystery Dec 2019 #24
Kali Dec 2019 #6
TygrBright Dec 2019 #8
NurseJackie Dec 2019 #3
Traildogbob Dec 2019 #4
Traildogbob Dec 2019 #7
GemDigger Dec 2019 #5
LenaBaby61 Dec 2019 #9
no_hypocrisy Dec 2019 #10
raccoon Dec 2019 #22
CozyMystery Dec 2019 #23
KY_EnviroGuy Dec 2019 #11
Submariner Dec 2019 #12
3Hotdogs Dec 2019 #13
Brainfodder Dec 2019 #14
eezapata Dec 2019 #15
BamaRefugee Dec 2019 #16
marble falls Dec 2019 #17
dalton99a Dec 2019 #25
sakabatou Dec 2019 #18
Red Pest Dec 2019 #19
RussBLib Dec 2019 #20
Botany Dec 2019 #21
jcmaine72 Dec 2019 #26
Judi Lynn Dec 2019 #27
Mr. Sparkle Dec 2019 #28

Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 11:49 AM

1. Because nothing sez "Make America Great Again" like a trichinosis epidemic! n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 11:51 AM

2. I think the USDA inspectors will have something like 5 seconds per animal for inspection.

American farmers might take another hit when people skip buying pork from
these packing houses.

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 17, 2019, 02:02 AM

24. Lets hope so. nt

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 12:07 PM

6. while there are other real problems with fewer inspectors,

one thing the current factory farm technique of raising pork has done is virtually eliminate trichinosis (along with public education of handling/cooking safety)

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/trichinellosis/epi.html


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Response to Kali (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 12:13 PM

8. This has largely been an artifact of inspections and enforcement at the production site.

So we gonna kiss it goodbye, too... especially with more imported ground and frozen pork products in the pipeline.

Coming from the nation famed world-wide for its quality control standards...

cynically,
Bright

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 11:56 AM

3. Is this one of those times that the market will self-regulate based on consumer preferences?

Is this one of those times that the market will self-regulate based on consumer preferences? Or will it self-regulate based on the fact that all of their consumers have DIED OFF because of trichinosis.

https://www.medscape.com/answers/1168167-102874/what-are-the-signs-and-symptoms-of-trichinosis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichinosis

Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, fever, and abdominal discomfort are often the first symptoms of trichinellosis. Headaches, fevers, chills, cough, swelling of the face and eyes, aching joints and muscle pains, itchy skin, diarrhea, or constipation may follow the first symptoms.


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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 12:00 PM

4. Do not act surprised

Trump has pushed no regulation on himself and ALL other GOP pigs since he stole office. Nothing new here.

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Response to Traildogbob (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 12:07 PM

7. Also......

You can expect your bacon and pork products , especially ground pork, to have a strong liberal opposition taste to it, as does meats in Russia and Saudi meat dished. Bone saw markets will flourish.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 12:06 PM

5. Let us not forget who (which country) owns the two largest pork plants in the country.

I wonder what he personally got from China for this deal.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 12:20 PM

9. So happy ...

That I became a vegan over 30 years ago.

These fucking tRumputunthuglicans are trying to kill people.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 12:25 PM

10. Welcome to The Jungle

Pun intended

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 05:54 PM

22. If you haven't read Upton Sinclair's THE JUNGLE,

You might want to read it.

OTOH, you might not.

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Response to raccoon (Reply #22)

Tue Dec 17, 2019, 02:01 AM

23. I loved that book.

Glad I kept reading it, even though it wasn't written in the modern way, and seemed at first that it would be boring.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 12:35 PM

11. Republicans want the wolves to watch all the hen houses.....

just like with the FAA. Sure keeps the wolves fat and sassy and feeding the GOP.

Chickens shall have no say in the matter......

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 01:04 PM

12. A 30 year old friend is on a Gerber's baby food diet

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after near death from a pork taco from a food truck.

He started violent vomiting within 20 minutes of eating the pork taco. His doctor said if his body did not reject the toxin by the hard vomiting he could very well have died.

He did not have his usual healthy skin color look, he was drained from the vomiting episodes. His doctor has him on a baby food diet until his digestive system heals itself.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 01:11 PM

13. Ain't tapeworm good for weight loss?

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 01:13 PM

14. "Has someone in your family recently died after consuming pork? Call Dewey Cheatum and Howe!"

Operators are standing by.

*Not a real offer

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 01:29 PM

15. I got a simple solution

STOP EATING PORK...

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 01:49 PM

16. What's the problem? All those worms are just FREE PROTEIN. Trump adds value for the consumer.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 03:10 PM

17. Because who needs regulation of the pork industry ...







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Response to marble falls (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 17, 2019, 02:30 AM

25. +1

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 03:16 PM

18. Because America needs more food borne illness!

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 04:07 PM

19. Letting company employees do the inspections works so well (Re: Boeing 737Max)

Yes folks, let's modernize food inspections by having 40% fewer inspectors because that will save a whopping $8.7M/year. Wow! What a bunch of pig shit! Whatever happened to science-based decisions? Oh wait, this is a rule promulgated by Republicans, by the Trump appointed Sonny Perdue. That wonderful Sec. Ag. who has moved the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from Washington, DC to Kansas City, MO causing 80+% of the staff to quit.

Considering that illness and recalls due to food-borne disease cost the economy billions of dollars each year, the economically and scientifically sound decision would be to increase the number of inspectors and develop an inspection system that uses the most modern molecular tools to detect the presence of pathogens and toxins that are a danger to the public.

This just reinforces my experience that Trump and his appointees are bloody fucking morons.

Fortunately, I am vegan and, therefore, keep kosher.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 05:38 PM

20. is there anything this thug won't do?

for someone who didn't expect to win he sure is systematically fucking everything up.

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Response to RussBLib (Reply #20)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 05:48 PM

21. He is just doing the work that his boss, Vlad, wants ..

... done. Destroy America from the inside. This was
a calculated move to cause maximum damage. It will hurt the pork producers, farmers who supply hog farmers with grain and feed, people and communities that are ag related, and pork packaging operations.

Trump is not smart enough to understand all the ramifications but Putin and the FSB know the outcome.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2019, 02:32 AM

26. He was probably just worried that he wouldn't pass the FDA inspection inpsection himself.

Making America great again one rotten swine at a time.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2019, 03:24 AM

27. Unspeakable, monstrous. Those behind this can't drop dead nearly soon enough. n/t

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Tue Dec 17, 2019, 07:08 AM

28. "saving about $8.7 million a year" i think most Americans would happily pay the 0.02 cents for safer

food.

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