I wrote about the cut-backs at USDA that are pushing food inspections onto the producers. What a swell idea that is! Not.
It gets worse. Hand-picked Nation explains.
Right now, the USDA inspectors (who are independent, don’t work for the chicken companies, and aren’t driven by chicken company profits for holiday bonuses) inspect 35 chickens a minute for lovely things like bile, feces and random spare parts that got through processing.
That’s a chicken every two seconds.
Should you so desire, take two seconds to inspect the next chicken you see at the store. It’s really not a lot of time, but with some practice you could get pretty good at it – which is a nice thought because you are essentially performing the task that stands between me eating a relatively clean chicken or a feces- and bile-covered chicken. (There is a difference Mr. USDA, trust me on this one.)
Well, under this new program, the chicken companies will rubber stamp, I mean inspect, 175 chickens a minute. 175! That’s just under three chickens a second.
Are you thinking, “Wait a minute, 175 chickens a minute, that’s IMPOSSIBLE!” Well, congratulations, you are now ahead of 100,000 USDA employees in the class on food safety.
I have a little test for you and the USDA: if you can even count to 175 in sixty seconds, I might reconsider my opposition.
If you can’t, you need to sign this petition, share it with the world, put it up on Facebook.
Even better, if you know anyone at the USDA, send it to them and ask them to see what they can do for you, for me, and for everyone who prefers their chickens to be properly inspected, let alone inspected at all.