... The North American Meat Institute, which represents meat companies, said it was disappointed in the verdict. The institute has argued that line-speed increases have not correlated with increased injury rates. “We would like to see the agency appeal and ask for a stay,” the institute said...

 

 

U.S. pork processors face higher costs, slower speeds after court ruling

 

By Tom Polansek, GFM Network News

via Canadian Cattlemen - April 5, 2021

 

Chicago | Reuters — An industry group representing America’s biggest meatpackers on Thursday pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to appeal a federal court decision that canceled an agency rule that allows pork plants to slaughter pigs more quickly.

 

The decision issued Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota could raise costs for meatpackers like Seaboard Foods and Clemens Food Group and slow meat production after COVID-19 outbreaks in slaughterhouses limited output last year.

 

A lawsuit brought against USDA by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union had challenged the 2019 rule, arguing that faster slaughter speeds undermined worker safety.

 

A federal judge said there was no evidence the Trump era rule had evaluated worker safety. USDA says it is evaluating the decision.

 

The North American Meat Institute, which represents meat companies, said it was disappointed in the verdict. The institute has argued that line-speed increases have not correlated with increased injury rates.

 

“We would like to see the agency appeal and ask for a stay,” the institute said...

 

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