House members call on USDA to delay hog inspection rule

Process shifts greater responsibilities for inspection to packers rather than FSIS personnel.

Sixty House lawmakers asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) to “delay a proposed modernization of hog slaughter inspection rule until the USDA addresses public health concerns related to the hog Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point-based Inspection Model’s Project (HIMP).”

The pilot project, started in 1998, shifted certain inspection responsibilities from federal to company employees in five market hog plants. Under HIMP, packers

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