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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:17 PM

Oh no! Meatpacking giant Tyson wants fewer government inspectors. The USDA is listening.


Tyson, one of the country’s largest meatpackers, is petitioning the Trump administration to reduce the number of government inspectors at a Kansas beef plant — a proposal that has raised alarms among some consumer and food safety advocates, who fear the changes could jeopardize public health.

In the request, Tyson Fresh Meats proposes using its own employees, rather than independent Department of Agriculture inspectors, to take a first look at the meat being prepared at its factory in Holcomb, Kansas. Tyson’s employees would identify unsuitable beef carcasses and trim away defects, before USDA inspectors check every carcass that is allowed to go forward for disease and contamination, Tyson said in its March waiver proposal, which was obtained by the advocacy group Food and Water Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request. The shift would allow Tyson to speed up its factory line.

The USDA is considering Tyson’s request — the first of its kind for a beef plant — as part of a broader overhaul of beef inspections that aims to shift quality control from government inspectors to factory workers, while focusing the USDA’s attention on more targeted safety checks.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/meatpacking-giant-tyson-wants-fewer-government-inspectors-the-usda-is-listening/ar-AAFMZSZ?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout

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Reply Oh no! Meatpacking giant Tyson wants fewer government inspectors. The USDA is listening. (Original post)
mfcorey1 Aug 14 OP
Journeyman Aug 14 #1
htuttle Aug 14 #2
in2herbs Aug 14 #3
leftyladyfrommo Aug 14 #4

Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 12:30 PM

1. It's that phrase, "... trim away defects ..." that casts a shadow on this plan . . .

Oh certainly, the USDA inspectors will "check every carcass," they just won't know what was happening with the parts that were trimmed away.

"Why's this cow missing it's left hindquarter? What happened to this beast's organs? How did this bovine make it into the stockade without legs?"

"Don't worry about those 'blemishes.' We cleaned 'em up to make your job easier. Trust us. We're professionals. We're only 'employees' on pay day."

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 01:35 PM

2. I wouldn't feed Tyson products to my dog

Taking your life into your hands eating their crap.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 02:12 PM

3. Another reason to go vegan. nt

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Response to in2herbs (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:13 PM

4. Exactly what I was going to say. Nt

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