New regulations on pork slaughter plants approved by White House
The pork slaughter plants could benefit from the new regulation approved this week by the White House Office of Management and Budget as the businesses can conduct their own organoleptic checks, allowing the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to focus on food safety verification checks, reports Food Safety News.
The bill was first initiated 21 years ago when five big pork plants were included in a series of tests to prove the efficiency of the new rule. This new regulation known as HIMP is following a similar rule approved for the poultry industry at the beginning of 2018. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) supports the new HIMP-based control because it is expected to improve the federal inspection process and bring about the adoption of new food safety technologies.
The delay in implementing the new safety rules on products of pork and poultry was caused by a strong opposition from meat inspectors union and its allies who argued against the process of transferring too much power in the hands of the regulated slaughter businesses.
Nevertheless, FSIS considers the change to have an important role in improving food safety and other consumer protections. "The new models capitalize on the food safety and other consumer protection gains garnered by the HIMP project thus fair, while still meeting the demands of inspection laws", according to a history of HIMP published by FSIS.
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