Poultry Plant operators will now be able to conduct their own inspections for bird defects and feces on the processing lines. Long-awaited poultry-inspection rules were released by the Agriculture department on Thursday. This will help government inspectors to concentrate on other food-safety issues in the plant.
According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the new rules have brought the most significant changes in food-safety inspections in nearly 60 years. Now, placing the burden of finding contaminates, such as salmonella, will make it easier to detect problems.