Underreported: New Meat Inspection Rules

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The farm bill passed by Congress in July contained a little-noticed provision that would eliminate a 40-year old requirement of federal inspection for meat and poultry sold across the United States. States would then have more authority to inspect meat and poultry. On today’s Underreported, Leonard speaks with Christopher Waldrop, Director of the Consumer Federation of America’s Food Policy Institute, about what the changes mean for consumer safety and for the meat processing industry.


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Comments [1]

Mark Kolakowski from Fair Haven, NJ

Perhaps Mr. Waldrop's concerns seem to be based on supposition, not facts. He could not answer Mr. Lopate's query about what states, if any, have higher inspection standards than the USDA. He then admitted that his organization had not conducted a detailed study of the various states' inspection criteria. Next he talked about lining up trade union lobbying against the legislation. Rather than an independent consumer watchdog like Consumers Union, this suggests that his organization is shilling for other interests.

Oct. 11 2007 07:12 PM

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