USDA Inspectors Squawk At Pared-Down Poultry Inspections

Law360, New York (April 5, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT) -- Several U.S. Department of Agriculture employees are opposing the agency's plans to give poultry employees a larger role in safety inspections of carcasses, arguing the proposal poses a risk to public health, according to affidavits released Thursday.

Three USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service inspectors submitted the affidavits to the nonprofit whistleblower group Government Accountability Project, which claims the proposal to expand an existing pilot program aimed at streamlining inspections would in fact allow for more “self-policing” in the poultry industry.

Under the USDA's proposal to...
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