Posted: 2:54 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
By Rick Couri
The pilot program and guidelines are meant to speed up the production time at meat plants nationwide.
But using fewer USDA inspectors and faster lines have resulted in three of the five plants where the standards are being tested ranking as the worst in America.
And we’re not just talking cutting corners here. Fecal matter has been found on the meat in all three.
Workers say government inspectors did catch some of the bad pork at the end of the line but that’s considered too late.
The Washington Post reports the industry will perform an analysis with the intention of expanding the findings to each of the 608 pork plants in the US.
But some USDA inspectors who wouldn’t go on the record claims workers in the pilot plants were threatened if they make noise about the lack of oversight.
Even more disturbing, the USDA has given the go-ahead to plants in Canada and Australia to use the same methods and then deliver that meat to the US.
One representative for an Australian inspectors union said “tremendous amounts of fecal matter remain on the carcasses. Not small bits, but chunks."