Comments, reports, and articles on the impact of the proposed rule showed a broad range of concerns for consumers, workers, and chickens. The overwhelming opposition to the proposed rule may explain why the USDA has skirted the mandated public and stakeholders’ participation in developing the rule changes.
- Center for Science in the Public Interest comments on the USDA rule
- Consumer Federation of America comments to USDA
- Privatized Poultry Inspection: USDA’s Pilot Project Results, Food & Water Watch, including the USDA data obtained under FOIA:
- The Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention comments to USDA
- Government Accountability Project comments to USDA This includes statements from USDA/FSIS inspectors on the problems with maintaining USDA standards under the pilot program.
- National Association of County & City Health Officials comments, representing 2,800 local health departments.
- Washington Post, August 3, 2013 article on the use of new bacteria-killing chemicals may masking salmonella and other pathogens that remain on poultry.
- The Cruelest Cuts Charlotte Observer, 2008
- Unsafe at These Speeds A Report by the Southern Poverty Law Center & Alabama Appleseed, 2013.
- Blood, Sweat, and Fear, Human Rights Watch Report, 2004
- Musculoskeletal Disorders and Traumatic Injuries Among Employees at a Poultry Processing Plant, NIOSH Interim Report, 2013
- Compassion in World Farming comments on increased line speed
- Animal Welfare Institute and Farm Sanctuary comments on line speed
- ASPCA comments to USDA on line speed
- Humane Society USDA comments
Coalition For Sensible Safeguards’ Poultry Rule Information Center