Let Them Eat Chicken

Craig McCord

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Chicken inspection.

The questionable ideas from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service just keep coming. Now this important (but hardly reliable) department wants to replace the current system of poultry inspection by making poultry producers responsible for inspecting themselves. That’s right; the producers would be in charge of their own inspections.

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry called this idea a “recipe for food safety disaster.”

Sound like a crazy plan? Well, it’s close to being implemented.

In a statement released by Food and Water Watch, a nonpartisan consumer safety group, Executive Director Wenonah Hauter said the Obama administration should not implement the proposed rule “until all the facts are collected about whether it can achieve the same level of consumer protection as traditional inspection.”

Consumers are encouraged to contact their Members of Congress about the new proposed rule, or to submit comments on the proposed rule to the FSIS. We should all raise a ruckus about privatized food inspections. Comments on the new proposed rule must be submitted by April 26, 2012.

President Obama has made some (what can only be called) ‘unfortunate’ appointments at the United States Department of Agriculture and now, ahem, the chickens are coming home to roost.

Note: The video from Current TV’s The Young Turks is a good overview of this issue. It’s worth watching.

Contact your Member of Congress and express your opinion!