The proposal states that poultry products "subjected to anti-microbial treatments," such as hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid, would still qualify for a "certified organic claim."
The USDA has proposed a concerning set of new regulations, including increasing line speeds and eliminating mandatory testing for generic E. coli and performance standards for salmonella. That's right - poultry companies would no longer be required to test for generic E. coli or follow a performance standard for identifying salmonella.
While government inspection goes down and speed goes up, the proposed regulations also give all poultry companies blanket pre-authorization to bathe all their bird carcasses in antimicrobials, such as powerful chemicals like chlorine and peracetic acid. The USDA proposes no performance standards for this process. Previous regulations required poultry companies to formally request USDA authorization for these baths.
Believe it or not, the proposal states that poultry products "subjected to anti-microbial treatments," such as hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid, would still qualify for a "certified organic claim."
Even though increased line speed and chemical baths combined with decreased government supervision and infection testing is clearly potentially dangerous, these changes are supported by the industry for a clear reason: profit. Increasing the maximum allowable speed of processing lines from 140 to 175 birds a minute would mean $256 million more each year for the poultry industry.
Consumers would pay the price with their health.
If the idea of eating chicken processed under these dangerous conditions doesn't whet your appetite, the good news is that you can protect your health and the welfare of countless animals by ditching meat in favor of delicious plant-based alternatives. GO VEGAN!
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