USDA touts 'smarter' poultry inspection

USDA touts 'smarter' poultry inspection

Rule lowers maximum line speed from 175 to 140 birds inspected per minute.

THE poultry inspection model in use since 1957 got a formal revamp with the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), which the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) is touting as an "updated, science-based inspection system that positions food safety inspectors throughout poultry facilities in a smarter way."

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been a staunch supporter of the rule — despite heavy criticism from

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