Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gross and grosser ...

I’m not trying to gross everyone out here, but it alarms me - and makes me angry - that the Obama administration appears just as much in thrall to the mega-agribusiness industry (and the corporate sector in general) as its predecessors. Americans didn’t vote those guys out - twice - just to get the same old thing!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to make a black bean burger for lunch.

Meat inspector: “We are no longer in charge of safety”
"Chunks" of feces are making it through the USDA's flawed meat inspection program

BY LINDSAY ABRAMS
Salon.com
Monday, Sept. 9, 2013

A pilot program meant to identify contamination at meat plants has been failing to do so for the past 15 years. The USDA plans to roll it out nationwide, anyway. From the Washington Post:
The program allows meat producers to increase the speed of processing lines by as much as 20 percent and cuts the number of USDA safety inspectors at each plant in half, replacing them with private inspectors employed by meat companies. The approach has been used for more than a decade by five American hog plants under a pilot program. 
But three of these plants were among the 10 worst offenders in the country for health and safety violations, with serious lapses that included failing to remove fecal matter from meat, according to a report this spring by the USDA inspector general. The plant with the worst record by far was one of the five in the pilot program.
Click here for the full story in Salon.com.