Poultry line at a slaughterhouse USDA photo by Alice Welch

USDA denies petition to increase poultry inspection line speeds

FSIS leaves door open for future waivers if additional criteria are met.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) denied a petition the National Chicken Council (NCC) submitted last September requesting that FSIS implement a waiver system to exempt young chicken establishments from the regulation that prescribes 140 birds per minute (bpm) as the maximum line speed under the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS).

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