So what is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest plan to protect consumers and workers? It wants to privatize poultry inspection, putting companies in charge of their own inspections. And then increase the slaughtering line speed. In other words, the USDA’s new "Filthy Chicken Rule" will put both consumers and factory farm workers at greater risk.
According to a recent Consumer Reports survey of factory-farm chicken, the state of America’s poultry, even at the current rate of government inspection, is grim: "More than half of the samples contained fecal contaminants. And about half of them harbored at least one bacterium that was resistant to three or more commonly prescribed antibiotics."
And now our poultry is about to become even more putrid. Unless we can convince the USDA to rescind what Food & Water Watch has dubbed the "Filthy Chicken Rule."