Concerns Raised Over Vaccine Mandate Effect on Meat Inspectors



via North Dakota Ag Connection - 11/15/2021


In a letter sent to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, the National Pork Producers Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemenís Beef Association and the National Turkey Federation, raised concerns about the effects on USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and other USDA personnel of the Biden administrationís COVID-19 vaccine mandate.


Implementation of the mandate, the organizations pointed out, may lead to a loss of some FSIS meat inspectors, resulting in packing plant disruptions and closures. They noted that the meatpacking industry already has limited harvest capacity because of increasing demand for meat and poultry, a severe labor shortage in rural communities and pandemic-related supply chain challenges...