USDA overhauls 50 year-old poultry inspections

August 1, 2014 8:31 AM

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USDA overhauls 50 year-old poultry inspections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.

Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors. But those who remain will focus more on food safety than on quality, requiring them to pull more birds off the line for closer inspections and encouraging more testing for pathogens. More inspectors would check ...

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