For a decade and a half, the USDA claims that a pilot program aimed at identifying feces-contaminated meat has failed. Now they plan to implement this program on a national level, regardless of the admission of the meat industry that they are thus far unable to identify and stop the problem.
The Washington Post reports that “The program allows meat producers to increase the speed of processing lines by as much as 20 percent and cuts the number of USDA safety inspectors at each plant in half, replacing them with private inspectors employed by meat companies.”
This speed, however, seems to be at the expense of effectiveness. “The approach has been used for more than a decade by five American hog plants under a pilot program,” the report explains. But still, it has not stopped the problem of feces contaminated meat.
Three of these plants which had implemented the pilot program were amongst the 10 most contaminated plants in the country, as well as having the highest general health and safety violations. So bad were the violations that even though fecal mater was removed in some cases, in others it was not and was mixed with meat for human consumption. Out of these three, one of them was the single worst offender in the nation.
The problem is not isolated or restricted to U.S. meat production. In New Zealand, an official representative of the inspectors union describes how “tremendous amounts of fecal matter remain on the carcasses.” He clarified that this is “Not small bits, but chunks.” The Washington Post further pointed out in the aforementioned report, that “both fecal matter and partly digested food may contain concentrated and complex strains of bacterium such as E. coli and listeria, which can be deadly.”
In anonymous interviews, six USDA inspectors working in the pilot plants said that the following:
Several said company and government workers are yelled at, threatened and shunned if they try to slow down or stop the accelerated processing lines or complain too aggressively about inadequate safety checks. They also warned that the reduction in the ranks of government inspectors in the plants has compromised the safety of the meat.
“We are no longer in charge of safety,” said an inspector with more than 15 years of experience. “That’s what the public needs to know.”
The public does need to know, but the vast majority of media outlets are apparently in no hurry to spread this information. If this matters to you, it’s up to us to spread this information. The corporate media is in the pockets of the commercial meat industry, which does not care if they literally feed you fecal matter in your burgers. Get the word out, and perhaps consider buying your meat at a local health food store, or maybe give one of those veggie burgers a try.
Original source of the article: http://politicalblindspot.com/chunks-of-feces-in-meat-industry-claims-they-are-no-longer-in-charge-of-safety/