USDA extends line speed trial, legislators want permanent solution

USDA extends line speed trial, legislators want permanent solution

The USDA has announced it will extend its trial program, allowing six pork processing facilities to operate at increased line speeds.

Nebraska Congressman Mike Flood says the trial has provided valuable insight to the pork industry. “That’s shown increased line speeds don’t degrade workforce safety,” he says.

A third-party team of worker safety experts recommended the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service extend the Time-Limited Trials of the USDA’s New Swine Slaughter Inspection Service for up to 90 days to gather additional data that will be used to evaluate the impact of increased line speed on workers.

    

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