North American Meat Institute Wants USDA To Appeal Line Speed Court Ruling


Radio 570 WNAX (SD)

May 3, 2021


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has notified pork processing plants running at higher speeds to prepare to process no more than 1,106 hogs an hours. Thatísí following a Federal Court Ruling in March that said USDA hadnít fully assessed how faster processing affects worker safety. North American Meat Instituteís Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel Mark Dopp says if the ruling holds up itíll negatively impact the processing plants, their workers and pork producers.


He says data shows worker safety is enhanced by the faster speeds and if those arenít allowed, then plants will have to operate for more days increasing worker hours and effecting their safety that way.


Dopp says if the court ruling stands...


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