I just received the below email from a friend. Time is of the essence.
"The Obama administration is preparing to finalize a dangerous new rule for
how chickens in the United States are inspected.
If the rule is finalized, food-safety inspection staff would be slashed, at
the same time that production-line speeds are allowed to accelerate. As a
chickens contaminated by feces, bile and scabs would not be pul
led from the line, but instead would "pass" the new inspection standards an
d then simply be rinsed in an anti-microbial bleach solution before being p
ackaged and sold to consumers.****
(Yecccch - HB)
As a mother of five children and a poultry-processing worker, [Carmen Sanab
ria, the originator of the petition], I’m frightened by the USDA's "moder
nization" plan. That's why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com,
which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is
to the USDA, asks the following:
The proposed poultry modernization rule is bad for food safety and
bad for workers. I urge you to go back to the drawing board and propose a n
ew rule that will ensure that chicken processed in the United States is saf
e to eat, and that poultry-processing workers are given the workplace prote
ctions they deserve.
In 12 years, I’ve worked in four different poultry factories, and the inj
ustices and indignity workers experience are always the same. One of the wo
rst problems I’ve experienced is that the line speed is far too fast for
our hands to keep up with the meat speeding by on conveyer belts. But the U
SDA’s new rule would drastically increase the line speed, making it impos
sible for poultry-processing workers to do our jobs properly and make sure
the chickens are clean.
Making the same motions every day also gives workers disabling repetitive-m
otion injuries. The pain drills into my nerves and bones. When I come home
I can’t carry my youngest child, and I worry about the day my arms won’
t move enough to work anymore.
In order to speed up poultry production, the proposed plan would****
of USDA inspectors and put companies – rather than government officials
– in charge of inspecting most of the chicken processed in the United Sta
Food-safety experts, good-government organizations, and health and safety g
roups have all told the USDA that this rule is bad. Quite simply, it is bad
for food safety and bad for poultry workers like me.
Like every mother, I worry about the food I feed my children and what they
’re eating in school. I think about how much worse it’s going to be und
er the USDA’s new rule.
Will you join me and add your name to my petition telling the USDA to scrap
its dangerous new food-safety rule?"
Thank you for your support.
HB here: This is only the latest scandal in the USDA making nice to produc
ers and nasty to us consumers.
Please sign the petition and pass it on to your friends. You can sign the