Warning: You Might Never Want To Eat Bacon Again After Reading This
Two years after Elsa Murano resigned from her position as chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s slaughterhouse food safety division, she joined the board of directors at Hormel, which runs some of the nation’s largest slaughterhouses.
This is just one example of the ‘revolving door’ phenomenon that occurs in which U.S. government regulators frequently remain tied to the companies they’re supposed to be regulating.
But that’s hardly the most shocking thing you’ll find in this article.
“Food safety has gone down the drain under HIMP. Even though fecal contamination has increased under the program (though the company does a good job of hiding it), USDA inspectors are encouraged not to stop the line for fecal contamination.”
“HIMP was initially designed for the kill of young, healthy animals. This hasn’t always been the case. A lot of the animals the plant has killed were too old. Some also had different diseases. They didn’t even slow down the line for the diseased carcasses.”
The comments from each of the four inspectors additionally reveal that the responsibility for monitoring the sanitation of the kill line has shifted from USDA-employed inspectors to employees of the companies who own the facilities. This shift has occurred under a pilot project called HIMP – short for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points-based Inspection Models Project.
But the shift in responsibility isn’t the only corrupt thing about the HIMP project. HIMP plants are granted the right to speed up the rate of their kill line by nearly 20 percent. In other words, this is a classic case of the ‘privatize and speed up’ model that has been seen in the meat industry over the past several years.
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