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Media Availability: GAP food Integrity Director, Whistleblowers, Available to Speak on Proposed USDA Rule to Modernize Swine Inspection

January 19, 2018
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2018

Media Availability: GAP Food Integrity Director, Whistleblowers, Available to Speak on
Proposed USDA Rule to Modernize Swine Inspection

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service announced it is going forward with proposing its New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS), formerly referred to as Hog HIMP.

If implemented, the rule would severely deregulate the pork industry’s inspection system. This would have harrowing consequences not only for the wellbeing of plant workers – who will be required to handle even faster line speeds – but for consumers generally, who will have to suffer the food safety consequences of feces, toenails, hair, and other undesirable elements missed due to industry’s demand for faster production.

Amanda Hitt, director of the Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign, is available to speak about the USDA’s proposed rule, and the short- and long-term effects NSIS would have on plant workers, federal inspectors, and the public.

Amanda Hitt, MPH, J.D. – Director, Food Integrity Campaign
Email: amandah@whistleblower.org
Phone: 202.457.0034 x159
Available: Mondays – Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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